Finding Greatness: Leonard Carolan

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2021 12:00 AM
Categories: Faculty/Staff | School of Aviation | Students | Pressroom | Finding Greatness

Eastman, GA


Leonard Carolan is among the MGA students majoring in Air Traffic Management, a vital program offered through the School of Aviation. His goal is to work for the Federal Aviation Administration.  

Full Name: Leonard Joseph Carolan Jr.

Age: 19.

Hometown: Zebulon.

Residence: Peachtree City.

High School: Pike County High School. “I was an honor grad with a 4.15 GPA.”

Family: Mother, Susan DeNell; dad, Len Carolan; sister, Naomi Carolan.

Employment: Full-time student.

Degree Objective: Associate of Applied Science in Air Traffic Management.

Class Rank: Sophomore.

Primary Campus: Eastman.

Activities: “I volunteer at a church in Cochran. I am a youth leader and also play music for the worship team.”

Career Goals: “I want to be an air traffic controller because it is something that will continually challenge me. I knew I wanted to do something in aviation but was unsure what. As I have learned more about what the career entails I am sure this is something that I will enjoy doing.”

He chose Middle Georgia State University because … “I heard great things about the aviation program and wanted to put myself on the right track for my future. The ability to be a part of such a phenomenal program while also graduating with minimal debt was such a huge factor in my decision.”

The greatest thing he discovered about Middle Georgia State was … “The professors at MGA have been exceptional. The vast majority of professors I have had truly care for the students. They are able to teach the material in a relatable way, while also working with you to help you better understand concepts and to make sure you excel.”

His greatest academic experience as a Middle Georgia State student has been … “Being a part of the aviation program has been an experience in itself. Being around people in various stages in their careers with practical experience has been a tremendous learning opportunity.

“One of the greatest moments I have had was realizing that I had found something I wanted to do as a career. Having that moment of realization just felt like an accomplishment.”

To him, “greatness” means … “Greatness is a mindset of continually improving yourself. Knowing what you are capable of and continually pushing yourself to be better than you were the day before. Having the ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and to still achieve or exceed the goals you set for yourself. Finding your desires in life and striving to achieve them to the best of your ability.”

In five years … “I hope to be hired by the FAA and finishing training at an air traffic control facility. I hope to be deciding on a permanent place to live and making a plan on how I intend to get there.”