Student’s Benefit from Parent’s Occupations


Riding Segways with my dad after a long, painful Redeye.

Rachael Kramer, Staff Writer

Do you ever have one of those days that makes you want to jump on a plane and travel to anywhere you possibly can?

I have. Literally.

One boring, Saturday morning, I said to my mom, “Mom, I’m so bored. Let’s go do something.” She replied, “Want to go to the Mall of America?”

As a 14 year old girl have never felt so much excitement in my life. This is the Mall of America we are talking, only the biggest mall in the world.

We immediately drove to the airport and got on the first flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Over mid-winter break, My dad asked me if I wanted to go to San Francisco for three days for no other reason than to just enjoy ourselves.

I said yes, obviously.

How was I able to do this so last minute you may ask? And no, the answer is not because I’m loaded and can fly whenever I feel like it.

My dad is a first officer Delta Airlines pilot.

Yes, that’s right. He has been to all 50 states, traveled all over Europe, and currently flies all over the Caribbean.

Being his child, I am able to use his 27-year-priority while flying “non-rev.”

Urban Dictionary defines the term “Non Rev” as “a term commonly used by airline employees. When airline employees travel for free on their benefits, they are traveling space-available since they are not paying passengers.”

I am not the only student at this school who inherits the benefits from a parent’s occupation. Senior Miller Condrack’s dad is an Aerospace Engineer, but fixes up cars as a hobby.

“[My dad] always brings home beat up cars and builds them up again in the hopes of trying to make them better than they were new,” says senior Miller Condrack.

Senior Libby Grimond’s dad is a chef.

“When I was younger, I used to cook with him and he taught me all there is to know about cooking. Now that I am older, I use all the skills he taught me and sometimes prepare dinner for my family! I love having a chef as a dad,” says senior Libby Grimond.

Chloe Militzer’s dad is a physics teacher here at ODA and taught her physics over the summer.

“There’s not really a benefit. He doesn’t give me a special treatment, but what is good about it is that there is always somewhere to go when I need to concentrate. I just hang out in his classroom and study. I also use his room as a second locker,” says Junior Chloe Militzer.

There are many, many more students here at ODA who have parents who impact their lives whether they work here at ODA or fly across the world for a living.

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