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1990 - Laura Ann Ross

Tuesday, May 20, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma Christian University is proud to feature Laura Ann Ross in the Alumni Spotlights section of AlumNews. Laura graduated OC in 1990 and is currently the Senior Chief Yeoman for US Navy Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations.

Degree? Bachelor of Science

Major? History

What are you most known for? Making the most out of life. When I stand before my Maker and Creator, I want to say that I have made the most out of the opportunities he afforded me - anything less is unacceptable.

What is your true calling? I love to make people laugh - even if only for a moment or two.

How'd you find this calling? I don't think I "found" it per se - guess it sort of came with me from day-one.

What is your biggest personal or professional achievement so far? Overall, I think my military service is my biggest achievement. It has been packed with a myriad of challenges overcome, as well as life lessons that I would have never, ever learned anywhere else.

What is your proudest moment? The very first time I put on my uniform. At that moment, I knew I was a part of something much larger than I could comprehend, and that it would involve a great deal of sacrifice, but the overall impact would be worth it.

What is the biggest professional or personal hurdle that you've overcome? I entered into the Navy late in life (or later than the average Sailor) - I had to work harder to advance in the ranks - wasn't always easy, but turned out to be overwhelmingly rewarding.

What is something people should know about you that is not on your resumé? I served in the Pentagon on 9-11-01 On 13 October, 2006 - in honor of the Navy's Birthday, I got to ring the "Closing Bell" on Wall Street, with my Boss, Admiral John Nathman

Life's motto? "Work hard, play hard, and do the right thing." "Those who fail to set goals, end up working for those who do." (that came from a fortune cookie - pretty powerful, huh?)

Your inspiration? My dad - next to the Lord Jesus Christ, he was truly the greatest man to ever walk the face of the earth - no doubt, the Angels in Heaven are having a ball with him right now.

Teamwork or fly solo? Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork - you're only as successful as the person next to you.

If you woke up tomorrow and had to start a new career, what would it be? If someone made me wake up tomorrow and be a property manager for a 5-star, tropical resort - I would not complain in the least bit!

How do you plan to self improve? I like to continually do "lessons learned" - I like to think of ways to 'do it better' the next time.

What advice do you have for future generations? The first step toward failure is trying to please everyone - stand up for what you believe is right - if you don't, no one else will. You have got to have skin like an alligator, a back like a duck, and a phenominally strong back bone!

Describe yourself in 3 words? playful, humble, impatient

How do you spend your down time? I love to spend 'down time' hanging out with my friends - I believe they're a true haven from the rest of the world.

Passions and diversions? I love to be outside. Spring and summer are the bombdiggity!! I live right across the street from a garden/nursery - I easily get diverted by walking across the street with arm-loads of stuff I have to bring home and plant.

Stress relievers? Most of my stress comes during the workday. I work in the Pentagon, so I try to get away and do a couple of laps around the E-ring. On a nice day, I like to strap on my running shoes and go for a run downtown

What's next for you? Don't really know - but, that's where the fun is, isn't it?

What are you working toward? My career path after the Navy.

How will you make your mark? I like to think that in some ways, I have - I like to leave things better (or different) than the way I found them.

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