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Kelli Kindig PhotoStudent Spotlight:  Kelli Kindig, MDS Graduate

How did you find the MDS program?

I found the MDS Degree through the help of the military science program and professors at Boise State. They guided me to the program to be able to finish my bachelors in time to commission into the military.

Why did you choose MDS?

I chose MDS because I needed something that would allow me to graduate on time in accordance with my military obligations as well. The degree has turned out to be a perfect allowing me to be well rounded and learn skills from a degree that actually applies to today’s working society.

How would you say that MDS is different from other degree programs?

I would say it is most different because the concepts learned are actually applicable to what is found in today’s workplace.

Why was it important for you to finish what you started?

It is important to finish what I started to be able to fulfill my goals and obtain a degree that will allow me to do more. It not only fulfills my goals but also those who support me. I am accomplishing something I told others I would. At times it seemed like it was going to be impossible to obtain but sticking it out and persevering makes it all worth it in the end!

What are your plans after you complete the MDS degree?

After I complete my MDS degree, I plan on becoming a 2LT in the Idaho National Guard. I plan to use my degree to be able to obtain an active guard reserve or technician position for the Idaho National Guard. Due to an MDS degree being adaptive, I can apply for many available positions in the guard.

Do you take courses on campus or online? If online, do you like the online program?


I take some courses on campus for my military science classes. All my bridge to business career courses are online as well as my multidisciplinary classes. I do like the online program. It definitely allows me more flexibility in completing assignments.

What are you passionate about? How have you been able to incorporate your passions into your degree?

I am passionate about being in the military. I thoroughly enjoy the environment and being able to work with others who are passionate about serving and providing selfless service to our country. My degree incorporates my passions by allowing me to commission as an officer and gain a future career with the guard.

What advice can you give to a current or future MDS student?


Balance, balance, balance. Do not try and work too much or take too many classes. You will be so stretched out with your efforts that everything will suffer.

What was your greatest challenge during the MDS program and how did you overcome it?

We ended up being short-handed for the military ROTC program at Boise State. A lot of field training and lab planning had to be made up for. This put a lot more busyness and time constraints on my schedule. I communicated with professors and worked hard when I could and got help also where I could use it in order to accomplish the extra work.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am going to be a helicopter pilot.