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Jay Leffler ’20

Where are you from?

Twinsburg, Ohio

What academic program are you enrolled in?

M.A. in Military Ethics

Why did you choose to study this subject?

I think a positive relationship between the military and society is important to a well-functioning society. It’s important that civilians have trust that the military as a profession is conducting itself in an appropriate manner. I choose this master’s program to make myself a better professional soldier and hopefully help address and advise on the current and future challenges for the military.

What is your favorite class and/or faculty member, and why?

I think Dr. Shannon French is a great faculty member and role model. As an academic adviser she is extremely supportive, responsive and engaged with all of her students. Her classes are engaging, interesting and provide a unique experience for students from any department. She takes the time to make sure the Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence is well run and she is truly an expert in her field. It’s been a great pleasure to work with her.

Why did you choose CWRU?

I knew I wanted to come home, to the Northeast Ohio area, for my graduate education. I wanted to make sure I found a program that would be mentally challenging, enjoyable and at an institution with high standards. I found all those things in CWRU.

What do you like best about CWRU?

There is just always something happening on campus. I don’t always have the time to attend everything I would like but it’s great to see a campus so involved in the community and bringing in great speakers and experiences for the students.

What do you like best about living in Cleveland?

Cleveland is a great city overall. The city has really committed to reinvigorating and improving as much as possible. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it in Cleveland. It’s a great place to be.

Describe any research projects, study abroad, internship or other unique experiences and opportunities you have had as a result of being a CWRU student.

I think the Military Ethics program itself is a unique experience. It’s a first of its kind of program in the United States and will help formalize an important field of thought and study. Being in one of the first few classes of students is a great opportunity.

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What are some of your other interests and hobbies?

Most of my non-CWRU related time is spent with my two young children (3 and 1). When I do have some free time I enjoy reading (mostly non-fiction), board games and cooking.

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?

Honestly, just getting here. I had to apply through an Army program and after I was accepted, apply to the school for acceptance. CWRU is a great institution and the year-long process was quite stressful. I hope while I am here I can accomplish something that meets the standards and expectations of CWRU and the Army.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I’ll be deciding whether to extend my obligation to the Army or find a different career path. I’ve thought about that decision a few times and the answer is still up in the air. My experiences over the next few years will be the determining factor but I am confident I will have the skills and education to find a fulfilling career either way.

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