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Finding Inspiration from Family, Colleagues, and Mentors

Abigail Linnington feels grateful to have had many paths of encouragement during her 25-year military career—and now as a Tufts faculty member

When Abigail Linnington visited West Point for a leadership program the summer before her senior year in high school, the instant camaraderie and sense of belonging she felt among the female cadets, who were only several years older, is something she remembers as a turning point in her college search.

Linnington, professor of practice in the International Security Studies Program at The Fletcher School, said talking with the cadets each day about their experiences at the military academy cemented her desire to apply.

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