At the age of 10, Halli became mesmerized by everything about the Army after visiting her sister and brother-in-law stationed in Fort Ord, CA. Waking up early and listening to cadence as soldiers ran in formation along with the courtesies and customs of the military, Halli was so intrigued that she joined the reserves at the age of 17. After getting a taste of military life, Halli quickly changed to an active duty enlistment, serving for five years as a combat medic. The Army offered Halli structure, routine and discipline that she desperately needed at the time.
During her service, Halli experienced a traumatic event, which taught her to persevere and ignited a passion to fight for equality and justice. While stationed at Fort Knox, Halli also became a Combat Lifesaver Instructor, sparking her love for teaching and learning. Service in the Army equipped Halli with the skills to quickly adapt and overcome obstacles. These characteristics and skills have made Halli’s goal of becoming a professor in a teacher preparation program attainable.