Hello. My name is Cherine. I’ve been lurking on these forums off and on for a long time . Even dropped into an ATP location in Atlanta a few years back to see what options were available to me. I Moved to the united states with the sole intent of flying for the air force when I was 21. I passed the asvap top 2% in the nation but sadly couldn’t meet certain other mandatory requirements to enlist and so that dream fizzled away for me with no backup plan. I am 37 today. Have spent the better part of my life making unwise choices in pursuit of all that is rewarding and thrilling about being alive. Needless to say… I am a very driven thrill seeker at heart. A bit about me, I am the eldest of 3 children born to a wonderful mother and an airline captain who flew for Middle East Airlines for over 45 years. My uncle worked for MEA as well and so I spent most of my childhood playing around airport grounds. Flying was my very first passion in life and through a series of rather unfortunate circumstances I was never afforded the opportunity to follow that dream. So having had to abandon ship on that pursuit, I ended up working in the field i had settled for as an area of study, which was graphic design. I earned a BS in the field before i moved to America, and hopped around as an art director/consultant in the marketing departments Of various commercial real estate companies for a few years. Fast forward… I managed to stay very active in various circles in my community post air force training. An opportunity presented itself for me to pursue a sport I was heavily involved in at a more prestigious, Professional level and so I Quit corporate america to work part time in the entertainment business while i trained fulltime and dedicated myself to achieving something important to me. I received a sponsorship to dedicate my time fully to my sport and i did so without hesitation.
And here I am today. Highly decorated in the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu. One of 2 women to go from white belt to black belt under a red and white belt Grand Master, The only master of non Gracie lineage to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Today, I hold several golds in internationally recognized tournaments and 3 world champion titles under my belt… It was such a good run… But my time has come To pass. Much like everything in life, change Is a constant. My best days are behind me and I’ve been trying to squeeze one more glorious win since I hit 30. Took a bronze at Master Worlds in 2017 and realized it was time to hang it up.
Very lost… And sad. And amidst my despair I couldn’t help but look back with pride rather than regret over the Decisions I had made. And so i have a renewed spark and a desire for growth and change.
Some minor details that I couldn’t find reading material on, is heavy ink…does an unconventional appeal affect my eligibility to work for a major airline? The ink is visible in a couple of areas (left hand and throat).
I have read many threads… Some say it Would be possible to work for a major Airline still if I get the ball rolling now, and some say regionals might be the only route if i am willing to settle for less pay at this juncture. I know I need an undergrad to work for a major and I am looking at embry riddle as an option. I never been to a school in the US but attended a fully accredited American university overseas. So I am not sure if anything carries over after all these years. I’m pretty rusty.
Should getting my PPL at ATP be a first step? Does That improve my chances of getting into embry riddle to pursue an undergrad? Should I just try getting right into embry riddle and skip the PPL? How Does having a PPL from ATP as a preliminary step help me? All factors considered, what are my Chances of Landing a job with a major airline, which is ultimately what I am Shooting for? Would major airlines Frown upon body ink that is visible in some places? Medical history? Credit history? Driving history? Looking at Investment and return as Well considering the financial strains of this education.
Any advice or guidance at all from the resident vets on here would be much appreciated.
Happy new year to all.