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May 2, 2018

The family helped pave the way for Daina Nicole Cing, an Arizona State University Army ROTC cadet, who will continue her family’s tradition of serving in the military when she is commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve. the American army.

The family’s service history began with his grandfather, who served in World War II. Now, Cing will be the third generation to serve in the military.

Daina Cing.
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“I would say my grandfather’s service in World War II is what established this family tradition of passing on this torch of service,” Cing said.

Cing’s uncle served in the Marine Corps and his mother first enlisted in the Air Force, then moved on to the Army where she was eventually commissioned as an Army officer.

Although family heritage played a big part in Cing’s decision to join the Army ROTC program, she knew from a young age that she wanted to be of service to others. When Cing was a child, she hated seeing other people being bullied or taken advantage of and stood up for others whenever she had the chance.

“I’ve always wanted to help others and now that I’m an adult I realize that takes different forms,” Cing said. “I really want to give something back to my country. My grandfather was blessed with American citizenship and I definitely have a great life. provided with a good education and the experience of moving all over the world, so I consider it a privilege to be able to give back to my country and my family.”

In May, Cing, a native of Talofofo, Guam, will receive his bachelor’s degree in political science and his commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Q: What was your “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in?

A: The moment I realized biochemistry wasn’t my forte. I studied biochemistry for three years and it was because I originally wanted to be a doctor and go to medical school. Didn’t happen. I really enjoy science, but it seemed like political science suited me better, as I’ve always been interested in the impact of different political systems on each other as well as the relationship between governments and the people.

Q: What did you learn at ASU, in class or otherwise, that changed your perspective?

A: Humility. I like to think that I’m not an arrogant person because I believe everyone has a lot to learn from each other every day. I think coming to ASU and meeting so many different people from different backgrounds keeps me on my toes and teaches me that I always have something to learn from everyone. It’s humbling to sit and listen to people’s experiences.

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: I actually transferred from Colorado State University to ASU. My parents were moving from Colorado to Arizona. I literally had a week to decide if I wanted to follow them. It was last minute but it worked. I decided to follow them in order to save money while I finished my studies. I also wanted a change of scenery and I guess being a military dependent kind of got me used to moving every three years.

Q: What is the best advice you would give to those running the school and the Army ROTC?

A: Know your schedule and have a planner that works for you. I have teachers and mentors who all tell me to read ahead into the program. What I do is find all the homework due dates and write them down in my calendar so I always know when something is due. It saves you a lot of stress. Having a support system is also very important. I must say that my family, my fiancé and my faith are my great support system. They hold me accountable and help me de-stress.

Q: Where was your favorite place on campus, whether to study, meet friends or just think about life? And why?

A: Technically it’s not on campus, but it’s right next to campus. It’s called Cupz Coffee Shop. The staff is very friendly, they let me order my coffee and sit and study all day.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: Shortly after graduating I got married and after that I headed for the Army Officers Basic Leadership Course. During the summer, I would like to familiarize myself with the master’s programs that I can take online. I’m interested in cultural anthropology or archeology, which isn’t quite a political science, but I think that’s where I’m interested.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve a problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: There are many things I would like to tackle, but if I had to choose one, the $40 million would go to the environment. I’m from a Pacific island so I know these areas can really be affected by rising temperatures and rising waters. Just thinking about the environment getting so bad that I might not have a home to come back to is something that really concerns me. The environment is something we all share and whether the money is spent on research or finding more sustainable solutions, I think it would be well spent.

Written by Christopher Farrington, ASU Department of Military Science

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