Student Spotlight: Sarah Schierl

Student Spotlight: Sarah Schierl

Aeronautics-Pilot Training

Career Program: Aeronautics - Pilot Training
Hometown: Neenah
Current Residence: Neenah
Age: 21
Attended FVTC: Fall 2015 - Spring 2018

Why did you choose the Aeronautics-Pilot Training program?

I shared the idea of becoming a pilot to a few male co-workers, and they shot me down laughing and saying I was a woman, I couldn't be a pilot! I love challenges, so I researched my options and proved them wrong. Throughout this process, I fell in love with flying. It is a never-ending cycle of learning and always presents new challenges.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?

Since day one of orientation, every instructor told us that this program required intense training and focus. I didn't believe them, but wow, was I wrong. On average I go to school five days a week, and if weather is good, I go to school on weekends. For every hour in class, I spend double, if not triple the time studying outside of class. But when I earn a new license/rating, being capable of flying without an instructor is one of the most rewarding feelings. It’s a great feeling knowing all that hard work has paid off.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?

I chose FVTC because the program is two years and has lower tuition costs compared to four-year universities. This allows me and many others to reach our goals quicker while acquiring less debt.

How did Fox Valley Technical College help you change your life?

Why I chose FVTC and how it has changed my life go hand in hand. Aeronautics-Pilot Training is a two year program. The reduction of schooling helps us get to the industry faster. The aviation industry is hurting for pilots. The instructors have all been so helpful. They give us the tools to be successful and don't sugarcoat things, which I find very important in this program.

What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to go to the airlines. In order to get there, you are required a certain amount of hours. To achieve these hours, I would like to pursue my commercial seaplane rating and fly in Alaska, or potentially fly as a corporate pilot. The sky is limitless.

Published: Jun 26, 2018

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