My name is MIDN 4/C Gretchen Hof. I am from Del Mar, California and Saint Louis, Missouri. Here at USC, I am majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. I joined NROTC after seeing the opportunities the program gave my brother, a 2019 University of Illinois NROTC graduate/current SWO, during and after college. The USC battalion truly supports each midshipman in every facet of life. Since the transition to college first semester can be difficult, it is helpful to see familiar faces around campus and be able to rely on battalion peers for advice and support. Throughout my time at USC, I look forward to growing with my peers and finding which community I can serve best in the Navy!
My name is MIDN 3/C Nathan Wise, and I am a Navy option from Scottsdale, Arizona. I am currently studying International Relations with an emphasis in Global Business. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of the Trojan Battalion at USC. The people I have met through NROTC will be my friends for life. The supportive community that this program provides has made me stronger physically, mentally, and morally and prepared me for future challenges I will encounter in my life. I am excited to continue developing my leadership philosophy as I become an upperclassman next year. Outside of NROTC, I am in a fraternity and play club basketball.
I am 2/C MIDN Anne Whelan, and I’m from Fairfax, Virginia. I am pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Physics with hopes to commission as a surface warfare or submarine officer. I joined Naval ROTC to take advantage of the incredible leadership opportunities and to commit to a greater purpose. I enjoy swimming, running, and hiking and love to spend my free time at the beach. USC has provided me with wonderful, forever friends who have all contributed to my personal development as a student and future leader in the Navy. I am so excited to join the fleet and serve my country alongside my best friends.
I am MIDN 1/C Gabriel Kott and I am set to commission into the Navy in December 2023. I am a biomedical engineering major and hope to one day serve as a Navy doctor. This program has taught me how to be an effective leader and I am excited to jumpstart my career in the fleet. I joined Navy ROTC because of my fondness for the ocean and the value to serve others before I start serving myself. This program has truly been a journey and it has been an integral piece of my experience here at USC. I am involved on campus as a member of the triathlon club and a student worker for the USC Office of Military & Veterans Initiatives.