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MacDonald to Become Marine Pilot

When he graduates from Hobart next year, Nick MacDonald ’12 will receive his commission as an officer in the U. S. Marine Corps and begin his training to become a pilot. A native of Fairbault, Minn., he will spend part of this summer earning his commission.

In July, MacDonald will complete the second portion of a 10-week training program, called Officer Candidate School (O.C.S.), in Quantico, Va.  The program trains, screens and evaluates Marine Corps officer candidates. MacDonald completed the first half of the program last summer. Once he graduates in the spring, he will receive his commission, attend The Basic School and begin the program to become a naval aviator.

The mathematics major, American studies minor will have an eight-year commitment to the Corps. 

“I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself after I graduate,” he explains as part of his reason for joining the Marines. “I wanted to do something that I can believe in and be proud of.”

MacDonald also attributes his interest in planes and flying for the specific path he has chosen.  He says he enjoys “the challenge” the Marines and the training will give him.

Currently, MacDonald is staying in Boston until O.C.S. begins. He is spending time preparing for the summer program, as well as visiting friends and alums in the area.

While at Hobart, MacDonald has been a member of the Geneva Fire Department and studied abroad in Netherlands. After playing junior hockey for two years before coming to Hobart, he decided to join the Hobart Club Hockey team, as well. He is a brother and current president of Phi Sigma Kappa, having served as its philanthropy chair and vice president.