For the majority of my life I have not had to work for things as much as I should have. However, when I came to MMA, I saw a big door open for opportunities to work. Most cadets say they just want to help out and earn rank by being a cadet instructor (CI). I too agree with this, but being a CI is much more than helping others and earning rank. Being a CI improved my leadership skills and made me more confident about what I am capable of doing. This is the reason why I chose to work as a cadet instructor. I enjoyed telling others what to do and helping them along the way. It feels good to take charge of something and manage it the way I desire, but at the same time I know that I must handle my responsibilities correctly. Being a leader has its ups and downs. One must handle the downs to maintain the ups. This is what I learned from being a cadet instructor at MMA. By learning all the things I have learned at MMA, I have gained self-assurance. I know that I can be a leader as long as I put forth effort. The rest will take care of itself.