Joshua Gendron

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I will take the lessons I have learned and impart them to the youth of this country brave enough to volunteer to serve their country.

Q: “Tell us about yourself.” 
A: “I am married to my wife Leslie. Together we have a daughter, Emerson. I enjoy reading, lifting weights, and mountain biking. I have served in the military for the past 19 years. I currently serve as the Cyber Electromagnetic Warfare Activities Sergeant Major and the Security Cooperation Sergeant Major for V Corps, Fort Knox, Kentucky.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?” 
A: “Pursue my passion for lifelong learning.”

Q: “What are your future professional plans?” 
A: “Complete a Master of Science in Leadership from Norwich University. Upon completion of the master's program, I will complete the PMP Intensive Course with Norwich University and seek employment as a Project Manager in the private sector after retiring from the U.S. Army with 22 years of active federal service.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich?” 
A: “I enrolled in Norwich because of their cybersecurity program. I quickly realized that I found little interest in cybersecurity. I transitioned to a management degree with a concentration in leadership to follow my passion.”

Q: “Did you have any uncertainties with choosing an online program?” 
A: “My schedule in the Army dictated my pursuit of an online program.”

Q: “Prior to beginning your courses, what were some of your expectations for an online degree program?” 
A: “I went into the program expecting to be exposed to new ideas and learn. Norwich met my expectations.”

Q: “What advice would you give future students enrolling in one of Norwich's online programs?” 
A: “I would offer the words of Muhammad Ali, ‘Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.’”

Q: “How do you plan to use your degree in your career?” 
A: “I will take the lessons I have learned and impart them to the youth of this country brave enough to volunteer to serve their country. The goal of a leader/mentor is to nurture and develop productive members of society.”

Q: “What has been your biggest personal or professional success since starting and/or completing your coursework and degree?” 
A: “To quote Steve Jobs, ‘Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.’ Norwich helped transform me from a twelve-inch ruler into a yardstick. But not any yardstick, a yardstick of quality.”

Q: “Please tell us about a time in which you could put your knowledge gained in the classroom to work immediately at your job.” 
A: “Every day. I can always take something from my weekly course readings and apply it to my role as a leader of soldiers.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?” 
A: “Show up consistently. In the short term, you are as good as your intensity. In the long term, you are only as good as your consistency.”