Recognizable Me: My name is Cole Bunn. I grew up in Iowa, where I began swimming competitively at an early age. Eventually my background in swimming led me to triathlon. Both swimming and triathlon have given me the opportunity to travel to some amazing places to compete and have help satiated my competitive nature. Now, I’m a 20-year-old junior at the Leeds School of Business working on a dual emphasis in Finance and Accounting.
Two groups that I’m part of on campus take up the majority of my time, Naval ROTC and the CU Triathlon Team. I’ve always wanted to serve in the military. Having the opportunity to interact with other Midshipmen in NROTC and active duty members in the fleet have confirmed this desire. Regardless of where ever one ends up working, it’s the people that make an organization great. When I graduate, I’ll be commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy and ideally head to Coronado, CA, for training in my assigned warfare community.
As for the CU Triathlon Team, they’re the primary reason why I came to Boulder for school. Boulder is the Mecca of endurance sports and the Tri Team provides a perfect environment and support network to facilitate training. As a result, the team has won 7 consecutive National Championships, and I’m proud to say that I’ve contributed toward recent success.
Where I’m At: As I write, I’m sitting in greatest state in all of the U.S., Colorado. Specifically, I’m in Boulder where I spend most of my time training for triathlon and for my career in the Navy. While I grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, the mountains of Colorado feel more like home to me. Being active and outdoors oriented, the lifestyle of your “typical” Coloradoan fits me much more than the lifestyle of a “typical” Iowan.
Over the summer, I spent time in Pearl Harbor doing active-duty training with Navy. Most of my time in Pearl Harbor wasn’t actually spent “in” Pearl Harbor; it was spent underway on a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine learning first hand about life on submarines and the mission capabilities of the US Sub Force. I wasn’t a fan of sub life. Everything is packed tightly together; you’re constantly running into or hitting something and there’s not room to do any real workouts. However, before we went underway, I went SCUBA diving off of several wrecks in the waters around Oahu, which was definitely the highlight of my summer.
What I Want: Using technology and navigating the Internet isn’t my strong suit. That being said, I’m excited to learn how to navigate the blog and how to set up a LinkedIn profile. Since most of my writing takes the form of Letters of Instruction (LOIs), after action reports, and emails in a military environment along with academic research papers for other classes, it tends to get a little dry and stuffy. I’m looking forward to learning to write in a more casual, personable tone. The military is a people business, especially as an officer and a leader, which makes confident, personable communication important. From the professional, dry tone of an LOI to the personable, light-hearted tone of this blog post, being able to communicate confidently and comfortable in various setting will allow me to be more persuasive as a leader and open more opportunities throughout my career.
Where to Find Me: Typically you’ll find me perched on the side of mountain as a result of my hiking, climbing, and skiing or cruising roads and single track trails of Boulder County by bike. However, I haven’t been able to spend much in the mountains or on my bike recently because of the stress fracture in my tibia I’m trying to nurse back to health. As a result, I’ve spent the past several weeks getting back to my roots in swimming in order to stay somewhat active. The stress fracture should be healed and ready to go by mid-September, which will give me just enough time to get in a couple good hikes and mountain bike rides before snow starts to fall in the mountains and the excitement of ski season begins.