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Callie Billingsley

Callie BillingsleyHometown: Henderson, TX

Major: Professional Aviation

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

Why did you choose to attend Louisiana Tech?

I chose to come to Tech partially for the aviation program, fully for the well polished, friendly, and fun environment. LA Tech promised to help me learn as a student, grow as an individual, and build me into a professional pilot. I fell in love with the laid back atmosphere of this university as well as the professionalism and excellence of the aviation department. I knew I was home the first time I was hanging out with other pilots. A plane flew overhead and everyone stopped the conversation and looked up. If I had to make the decision again, I would again and again. 

What has been the highlight of your Tech experience?

When I think of the time I've spent at Tech, I think of so many awesome experiences I've had. I would have to choose being elected captain of the precision flight team as my highlight. I accidently joined within the first two months of me being on campus when my flight instructor invited me to attend a meeting then signed me up for NIFA tryouts. Most people on the team graduated soon after that year's competition.When the time for elections came about, I was voted captain. I must admit, I was very unprepared and had no idea what I was doing at first, but the whole Professional Aviation Staff were helpful mentors. Through serving as captain, I have had the privilege to not only work with, but get to know the amazing professors, instructors, and students in this department and can testify to the professionalism and growth that goes beyond what is advertized but is lived out and displayed daily in the lives of those listed. Flight team has been challenging, but incredibly rewarding--I must add, a ton of fun.

What advice would you give incoming students?

If you love to fly, do it. There are so many possibilities that I never knew existed until I got here. Every aspect of college is what you choose for it to be. Therefore, drink some coffee, brush your teeth, show up for class, be ridiculously involved in aviation and on campus, drink some more coffee-- live, breathe, and work hard on being the flyest pilot you can be (see what I did there). 

Aviation can be a tough climb, but I promise the views you will see are unreachable and unseen for most. Don't forget to cherish your college experience; airplanes are fast, but the time you'll spend here goes by much quicker.