Two of her proudest athletic achievements was finishing a half-Ironman with the Endurance Team her junior year and when her Cycling Team won the conference championships her senior year. She says she learned the most about leadership during her senior year where she was Operations Officer in the fall and Academics Officer in the spring. With both positions, she says the hardest parts are delegating tasks, being proactive, and managing deadlines.
Her favorite summer trainings were doing Plebe Summer three times (once as a plebe, the second time as a Company Administrative Officer, and the final time as the Regimental Physical Missions Officer) and when she got to travel to Peru and Brazil to explore ancient and modern engineering. Her scariest day was when she interviewed to join the Nuclear Community. The interviews included two technical interviews and a separate interview with the four-star admiral in charge of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. She prepared for months leading up to the interviews and ended up discussing honey-bees for a large portion of the admiral interview. She passed all of her interviews and is now part of the Submarine Warfare Community. She will head down to Charleston for further training before being assigned to a submarine as a division officer.
ENS Sanger’s consistent hard work and determination has gotten her far – from her early days as a Sea Cadet, to her busy midshipman days, and now as a submarine officer. She owes a lot of her preparation for the Navy to the USNSCC Alamo Battalion. They taught her the naval lingo like what a “bulkhead” was, how to shine shoes, and gave her some of her first leadership opportunities. She is forever grateful of her time with the Sea Cadets. To anyone looking to join the Naval Academy, ENS Sanger’s biggest tip is to focus on the big 3 things that admissions is looking for: academics, athletics, and volunteer work. She is always open to further questions and looks forward to seeing some of Alamo Battalion out in the fleet!