Rebecca Harper

Rebecca was raised in South Dakota and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2004 because (“I know it sounds hokey but…”) she wanted to serve her country and do something meaningful. After basic training in Texas she attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California to learn Farsi and become a cryptologic linguist. “Monterey was so cool!” She was then assigned to Ft. Meade, MD and worked with the National Security Agency until she separated in 2008. She attended Louisiana State University initially then transferred to the University of Utah where she is a Biology major. Her goal is to attend dental school and become a dentist, which she said is weird because she initially wanted to be a veterinarian! When asked why she liked the U she said “I like it because it’s a commuter campus. It’s easier to fit in as a non-traditional student than it was when everyone was 18 and living in dorms or a frat house.”

Rebecca is married and has a baby son born in April 2014. She is a frequent visitor to the Veterans Support Center for coffee and to exchange baby stories and techniques with other new parents. She also works in the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU), on top of her studies and new baby. Her husband is Army, which accounts for the sweatshirt.