Austin Byrd is a sophomore at Columbia University. As a student leader on campus, Byrd serves as the vice-president of the Alexander Hamilton Society, an undergraduate group for future members of the armed forces, which is currently working to broaden understanding of and appreciation for the military on Columbia’s campus.
Byrd has participated in campus activism training with Young America’s Foundation and is currently a Marine Officer Candidate.
On the 7th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, students here at Columbia University will be asked to consider the notion of service to one’s nation.
During my time at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School this summer, I could not go more than a minute or two without hearing an irate Sergeant Instructor bellow "WHY ARE YOU SO STUPID?" to some unsuspecting Officer Candidate. It usually did not matter whether or not you had done anything wrong, because Officer Candidates School is all about maintaining your composure under pressure, and they do their best to rattle you constantly.