Capt. Sunita "Suni" Williams, NASA Astronaut
How did you decide to join the Navy?
I really joined for because the Navy offered to pay and provide a quality education.
I was initially unsure if the Naval Academy was for me. I was an athlete is high school, a swimmer, and a pretty good student. The academy wasn't always easy, but it provided me the opportunity to experience and develop teamwork, leadership, and followership. I enjoyed it and it was a great opportunity to get me on my feet and figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you throughout your Navy career?
I was very fortunate to have an awesome active duty sponsor while I was attending the Naval Academy.
He was a prior enlisted Navy saturation diver; salty in the Navy and a great guy. Although I was successful in in high school, there were points at the naval academy I struggled and he really helped me through those tough times. To me, he was just a great all-around American. Wendy Lawrence was also an icon of mine. As a former astronaut, I looked at her career as something to strive to. Of course, my parents were also a great, positive influence in my life. They always supported me and never let me quit.