By ksascomm

In the Bootsteps of an ROTC Cadet

Christian Ostrowski ’16, an economics major, is also battalion commander of the Blue Jay Army ROTC Battalion. The Springfield, Penn., native and former Blue Jays wrestler leads approximately 50 cadets in early morning physical training and in post-class field-training exercises on and around campus. He also helps teach the weekly ROTC Leadership Laboratory. Ostrowski’s days begin early—he’s usually up by 5:00 a.m.—but he finds time between classes to work as a personal trainer at the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center and to schedule mentoring sessions with cadets in the evenings. After graduation, Ostrowski will receive his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.


  • 4:50 a.m. It’s reveille for the battalion commander.
  • 5:30 a.m. Jog to campus from his Charles Village house.
  • 5:50 a.m. Time for physical training.
  • 9:00 a.m. Fueling up is necessary after a workout.
  • 10:00 a.m. Lead a personal training session at the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center.
  • 1:00 p.m. Cross campus to Hodson Hall for Labor Economics class.
  • 3:00 p.m. Meet with Assistant Professor Yuya Takahashi after class.
  • 4:00 p.m. Study in the Hut before heading back to the ROTC office.
  • 5:00 p.m. Rappel down ROTC exercise wall as part of training.
  • 6:00 p.m. Eat a quick dinner and meet with mentees at home in Charles Village.
  • 10:00 p.m. Do homework and get uniform ready for tomorrow.