Students of Dordt: Alex McDonald

Haley Mulder – Staff Writer

“When I see the barbed wire fence, it means I’m home.”

There’s a lot you probably don’t know about Alex McDonald. She has strawberry blonde hair, a bright smile and has been a military kid her entire life.

She’s lived on military installations in nine different states. North Carolina, Washington DC, Washington, Illinois, and Iowa, to name a few.

“It’s rough when you’re younger and learning how to deal with it,” she said. “When you get older, you learn how to roll with the punches. “

Her dad is a Sergeant Major in the US Army.

Feature student“He looks like a big Russian assassin at work, but at home, he’s the best dad in the world.”

He was deployed to Iraq for six months when she was just 12. She remembers breaking down while talking to her dad on the phone one night when he was deployed.

“It’s hard, but I’m used to it.”

Moving multiple times while growing up, her closest friends became the ones that she lived with.

“When you move around so much, your siblings are forced to become your best friends.”

But now that she’s older, she enjoys the traveling.

“I like moving around,” she said. “I don’t want to stop. I want to move again. The idea of staying in the same place for four years is so weird.”

She’s thinking Italy or Germany.

“I’m glad that I’m a military kid,” she said. “It’s taught me a lot of things, but most importantly how essential family is.”

She paused.

“Oh, and that God is always in control.”

Alex McDonald can tell the difference between thunder and artillery.

She’s a military kid, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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