Dreaming Big

by Marketing Services- Cedarville, OH

Cedarville student Ryan Reep shines in the classroom, and employers are noticing. He’s only a sophomore, but Reep has been offered two career-related positions and is being considered for another exciting long-term opportunity.

While pursuing summer internships during an on-campus engineering career fair, Reep was interviewed and then was offered a position by both Caterpillar and Procter & Gamble (P&G). “After visiting P&G, seeing the setting, asking more questions, and meeting people, I accepted their offer,” he said.

Reep also has another possible offer in the wings: a position as an instructor with the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Instruction School. He has made the initial cuts and is preparing for the next round of interviews to be held in Washington, D.C. “It will be very demanding! I meet with naval engineers for two or three interviews that will be technical in nature and then after lunch I will have an interview with the admiral of the Navy,” he explained. If he is accepted, he will be put on active duty in the Navy effective immediately, but for pay purposes only. He will be paid to be a student!

With the Navy there are no summer commitments while Reep is in college, so if he joins the military, he can still intern with P&G. But after graduation in 2009, Reep will be sent to Officer Candidate School for boot camp. From there he will go to another school where he will learn his teaching material and practice giving lectures in front of his peers and superiors. “Then I will begin to teach in the Nuclear Instruction School,” Reep explained. “It’s a four-year commitment, and after that, I am free to go. However, there are other opportunities that I may choose to explore, such as pilot school or civil engineering corps, but I can only teach for four years.”

If the military opportunity does not come through, Reep could possibly stay on at P&G. “If I do well this summer, there is a very good chance that I will be asked to do a second internship. And if I continue to do well, then they would seek to hire me full-time out of school,” he noted. At the P&G interview, Reep said they expressed a desire to see him forego the Navy and stay on with them.

While these opportunities are exciting and Reep feels blessed that doors are already opening for him, the stellar athlete and student says his first priority is to glorify God. “In whatever I do, I want to impact people in the workplace for the gospel of Christ,” he said.

Reep is also looking beyond the current opportunities. “As far as careers go, I will probably look to getting my master’s degree in business administration as I also dream of finding myself in a position where I can use the leadership abilities the Lord has given me … perhaps in a management role or maybe even owning my own business one day.”

With God’s grace, Reep is dreaming big dreams. His experience at Cedarville is helping him reach those dreams.