“The Sky’s The Limit; I’m A Walking, Living Example Of That”: Making The Most Of Opportunity At West Point
Jeremiah Malbon grew up in Bowie, Maryland, the only son in a family of 11 children. In high school, he attended Boy’s State, enjoyed playing a variety of musical instruments, and participated in Navy JROTC. He credits two of his mentors, Navy Captain Roger Isom and Marine Corps Sergeant Major William Small, with helping him focus on his future and apply for West Point. During the application process, CPT Tom Le helped him apply and he was accepted into the Prep School. Jeremiah really enjoyed his prep school year, appreciating the additional development he achieved and the friends he made. Reporting to West Point, he felt more prepared after first experiencing R-Day at USMAPS. While he does struggle with some academic classes, he is enjoying the experience overall, particularly being part of the A-2 Spartans. He is also participating in the Drill Team, the Chess Club, and the Diversity Forum. This summer he hopes to earn his Air Assault wings.
In this interview, he talks about his childhood, the importance of mentors, and his experiences at the Prep School and at West Point. He reflects on the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic during his senior year in high school. Finally, he thinks about his future and shares what West Point means to him.