Senior Spotlight May 2022 – Michael Rosenthal

Senior Spotlight May 2022 – Michael Rosenthal

It’s that time of year! We are continuing our tradition of Senior Spotlights! For everyone, the past few years have been quite difficult, but we want to highlight our amazing seniors for having the tenacity to succeed. 

Meet Michael Rosenthal! Growing up, he’s lived in several places, including Germany, but since he graduated high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he considers that his hometown. He has had an interest in meteorology, including natural disasters.

“As a kid I was always fascinated with natural disasters, and I always followed the weather, especially when I was working on aircraft outside on the Flight-line,” he said. 

So he traveled to Norman! During his time in college, Michael was a member of the Oklahoma Weather Lab (OWL), a member of the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (SCAN), a School of Meteorology mentor and mentee, the OWL/SCAN flag football team, the SoM basketball team coach, and a player on the coed basketball team. 

To him, the toughest part of college was balancing school life and work.  

“I think the toughest part about college for me was there non-traditional route working full-time and going to school part time. I’ve have many breaks in my journey to complete due to my work schedule,  deployments, temporary duty assignments, and work training schools which constantly conflicted with class schedule,” Michael said. 

But college is not all difficult times!  

“My favorite part about college is learning from experts in the Meteorology career field,” he said.  

After graduation in May, Michael plans to find either a job, internship, or followership to gain experience in meteorology. Then, after rejoining the Air Force in August, Michael plans to apply for a commissioning position as a weather officer, or hold a part-time meteorology job until he retires from the military. 

Congratulations, Michael! The School of Meteorology is excited to see all you do in the future!