University of Florida | Civil Engineering
USMC | Heavy Equipment Operator
My name is Noah Althuis, and I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. Like many veterans, growing up, I had an unstable home environment, moving year after year across the US and Europe and attending six different schools over an 8-year period. Although I had a multitude of unique and eye-opening experiences, my youth made me feel like it was impossible to reach my full academic potential by the time I graduated high school. At 17, I enlisted in the USMC Reserves as a 1345 Heavy Equipment Operator, learning the commitment, discipline, and hard work necessary to take control of my financial and academic future.
I started college studying at UNF, a smaller state school in Jacksonville. While there, I decided to make the best of the opportunity in front of me and became deeply invested in my academics and student organizations. Nevertheless, after three years of hard work at UNF and a “full” college experience (with a less than perfect GPA to show for it), I applied for the opportunity to attend one of the top engineering schools in the southeast and transferred to the University of Florida. I am now entering my (super) senior year, studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Sales Engineering.
Like many of you reading this, I’ve had countless setbacks, unforeseen roadblocks, and sleepless nights full of self-doubt. Physical challenges and mental hardships left me wondering if I could fulfill my dreams of attending a top university. The lessons I learned in the service fortified my strength and confidence and helped me discover that I could achieve whatever I set out to do while also giving me the drive to perform to the best of my abilities. I am proud to be a Florida Gator, and it’s an honor to be a part of this team at Next Step Inbound to help you also turn your mightiest goals into realities and attend the top university of your choice. Whatever I, or anyone on the Next Step team, could do to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch!