By Alaina King
Senior Tylan Davis graduates from FC on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 and leaves for Paris Island, South Carolina for boot camp in two months.
Bagpiper: Why do want to join the Marine Corps?
Tylan Davis: “The reason I want to join is hard to explain. I want to join to fight for my brothers and sisters beside me. I want to join to make my family proud and serve my country.”
BP: What is important to you?
TD: “Important things to me include hanging out with friends and family before I leave. I want to make sure they have everything they need. It is important to protect the people you love. “
BP: What have you had to do to ensure you graduate early?
TD: “I have had to complete several online classes like English, government, and geography and get permission from the school and my parents. “
BP: What does it feel like to be the youngest graduate going into boot camp?
TD: “It’s nerve wracking to be the youngest. I’m scared no one will respect or listen to me. You think about most people still have at least six months to mature, I have two.”
BP: How do you feel leaving home?
TD: “I will be gone 13 weeks, but I’m not worried. I’ll miss everyone, but I’ll be with my new family. I won’t have time to miss everyone because I’ll be too busy training and getting yelled at.”
BP: What kinds of pets do you have?
TD: “I used to have flying squirrels, but now I have snakes and hedgehogs. I love my albino hedgehog the most because it is so unique.”
BP: What kind of relationship do you have with your family?
TD: “I am really close with my family. My brother and I like to hangout after I get out of school fourth period and play video games. My dad works third shift now, so I don’t see him a lot because he sleeps during the day, but I still cherish the time I do see him. My mom and I are really close because she is always there for me and has been actively supported my decision to join the Marines.”