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Commencement Spotlight: Courtney Paulson

Dec. 17, 2021
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Crandall

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Courtney Paulson with DegreeCourtney Paulson
Belize, Central America
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Originally from Belize, Courtney Paulson’s dedication to her education at Sam Houston State University and the United States Army is evident in her work ethic. Paulson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Following her dreams, Paulson will serve in the active-duty army as a field artillery officer based in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. She is very excited to travel the world and experience differences in culture and politics.

“Being in the army is going to fill my life with adventure, and it will allow me to experience things many do not get the chance to,” she said. “I can’t wait to kickstart my career at Fort Sill while learning how to become a field artillery officer.”

Paulson was heavily involved on campus through the SHSU ROTC program for two years, and she is now a distinguished military graduate.

“SHSU ROTC gave me the opportunity to go to college to earn a degree, as well as to serve in the army,” Paulson explained. “It has provided me with a full-time job upon my recent graduation, one in which I will get to travel to new places and make an impact.”

Paulson’s parents have also helped shape her into an adventurous and selfless individual, and their support has influenced many of her decisions.

“My dad was in the United States Marine Corps, so I followed in his footsteps in joining the military,” she said. “I chose to attend Sam Houston State because it was closer to my parents. Knowing I was going into the army, I wanted to be close to them for a while.”

Paulson believes that SHSU was where she was meant to earn her degree, as she has received great support from the faculty and staff not only in the Department of Political Science, but the entire university as well.

“Sam Houston made it easier to balance ROTC and school by providing such a welcoming environment,” Paulson said. “Everyone is willing to lend a hand and help others, especially the faculty and staff. It is an honor that I get to represent Sam Houston within the army’s ranks.”

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