Aleigh Valickis
Class of 2014
Aleigh Valickis at the John Lennon Wall in Prague
What have you done since you graduated?:
"I attended Norwich University in Vermont from 2014 to 2018. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. After graduation, I left my job as a Behavior Interventionist and entered the U.S. Army as a Transportation Officer. I started my career in Fort Lee, Virginia at the Army Logistics University. Six months later, I moved to Germany where I currently reside. Last year, I started my Master’s Degree in Nutrition and am on track to graduate this fall."    

Why did you move to Germany and how is it different from America?:
"When I first joined the military, we were able to submit a “wish list” of preferred duty locations. Germany was my first choice, and I was fortunate to receive it. It would be difficult to capture all the differences, so I’ll list my top three: 

1. The cost of travel. I’ve flown to London and back for as little as $15! This is the number one thing I’ll miss when I move back to the U.S. 
2. Sundays. All stores are closed on Sundays and work is prohibited. This includes activities like mowing the lawn, car maintenance and the use of power tools. At first this was extremely inconvenient, but I’ve grown to love quiet Sundays.  
3. The speed limit on highways. On most highways (“autobahns”), there’s no speed limit."
Valickis and her wife, Lauren Burris, on a winter kayaking trip in Switzerland
What do you remember from your time at Gilbert?:
"I can’t pinpoint an exact memory, but what I remember most is being surrounded by a strong community of friends, teachers, and coaches. I still keep in contact with many of these people to this day."

What lessons from Gilbert did you apply to the real world?:
"During my time at Gilbert, I learned the importance of building relationships. When I think back to high school, time spent with my close friends and teammates are what stand out most. I think experiences are shaped by the people in our lives. With this in mind, I try to build meaningful relationships wherever I go."
Valickis (holding hammer) and her platoon after winning a fitness competition in Germany
What advice would you give current students?:
"Before graduating Gilbert, I remember feeling like I had to have it all figured out. My advice is to accept that you don’t have it all figured out and that’s okay. Start somewhere and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities the future holds."