Beyond the Lecture Hall: Chelsey WilliamsThe valley is home to some of the best colleges in the nation, and a University of North Dakota nursing student whose accomplishments outside of the classroom have garnered her national attention.
By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ
The valley is home to some of the best colleges in the nation, and a University of North Dakota nursing student whose accomplishments outside of the classroom have garnered her national attention.
It's before sunrise on the University of North Dakota campus, but if you look and listen closely, you'll quickly notice that for several students, the day is in full swing. Among these ROTC cadets is Chelsey Williams. Leading her Ranger Challenge team through early morning training sessions… in the field and in the classroom.
"The best, probably the most powerful thing I could say about miss Williams is that she epitomizes what we look for in our future leaders," said Lt. Colonel Clarence Carroll III, professor of Military Science at UND.
Chelsey Williams, a senior nursing student and national standout ROTC cadet has set national records for her fitness and earned the respect of her peers for her leadership abilities.
"I strive to be a leader that will do what the soldier is doing. Lead by example and be at the front. I don't want to be yelling at my soldiers. I don't want to be sitting on the sidelines, watching them struggling. I want to be right in there with them and show them that I'm doing it too and that they can do it too," said Chelsey.
A passion for something greater than herself that fuels her pursuit of excellence.
Clarence: "I think what I appreciate most about her is that she does drive for perfection, and you know, she knows she can't be perfect and yet every day she desires to be better than she was the day before. That's an incredible attribute to have as a human being."
But if you ask Chelsea why she does what she does, it's not the accolades but something much simpler that motivates her.
Chelsey: "Just the bus rides back from the competitions you know we just are so excited and just so happy that we have each other as teammates... We're kind of like a huge family."
"She never makes herself feel that she's the important one. She always makes everybody else feel important. it's always about the other person. It's always about everybody else," said Trudy Soli.
It's a quality recognized by Chelsey's teammates.
"I don't think she gives herself enough credit sometimes. I feel like, she doesn't she how good she is at what she does...I mean I have to tell her too that you're doing a really good job. Keep it up. Don't get down on yourself if some little thing goes wrong. Because you're doing everything great. Everything wonderful." said fellow cadet Annika Johnson.
A rare and exceptional blend… talent deserving to be called the best of the best combined with a humility that keeps her striving to always be better, not for herself but for those she serves.
"I think so highly of Chelsey Williams and her potential that I see her in the future making more of an impact on the army than I ever have," said Clarence.
"We're going to remember her forever, we will talk about a female cadet and she's definitely going to be one of the first ones to come to mind. Definitely!
This past weekend Chelsey and her Ranger Challenge teammates competed at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. They took first place in the competition.