Gabe Bowlen graduated from Kayhi in 2018 and is currently enrolled at Central Washington University.
Bowlen spoke on how different the college atmosphere is compared to one like Kayhi.
“College, so far, is definitely different from everyday school,” said Bowlen. “No one is around me to tell me to go to class or to force me to do anything. It’s nice to have this sense of freedom that you don’t get in high school.”
Bowlen also commented on how much easier it is to take classes he’s planning on using for the rest of his life.
“I feel more engaged in my classes because this is actually what I want to do with my life,” said Bowlen. “I think I wasn’t as engaged in high school because I knew some of my classes were meaningless to the next stage of my life.”
Bowlen was admitted into the Flight Officer Program, with plans of becoming a pilot after college.
“I’m not sure what type of pilot I want to be when I graduate,” said Bowlen. “Either a commercial pilot for an airline, or a corporate pilot for someone wealthy. I probably won’t know until I graduate.”
The Flight Officer Program is a class that counts for 18 credits, 15 which are solely for aviation.
“They start us off flying immediately. I was a little nervous at first to jump right into it, but I got used to it,” said Bowlen. “It’s a very intensive program, so it forces me to study and do the work. I’m seeing results though which makes it worthwhile.”