Annandale’s Journey Through the Skies

South African Senior Excels As Aviator

By Nicole Cleri

Contributing Writer

Chris Annandale, a senior from Vanderbijlpark Gauteng, South Africa, has grown professionally in his time at Lynn while pursuing his dreams of becoming a pilot.

Annandale completed his original flight training in his homeland, where he earned his initial certification. After receiving his private pilot’s license, he decided to come the U.S. to focus on his career aspirations, eagerly awaiting the many opportunities he saw on the horizon. 

“Since I was a child, I always knew that I wanted to become a pilot,” said Annandale. “Ever since then, I have decided to chase after my dreams.”

Knowing that the best way to further his life goals would be through moving to the U.S., Annandale journeyed from South Africa to California in 2015.  It was there he began his advanced training and ultimately earned his commercial pilot’s license.  

Soon after, Annandale found his way to Pompano Beach, Fla., where he learned to become a flight instructor.  However, the urge to pursue a degree in aviation kept him motivated beyond that narrow path and what eventually brought him to Lynn.

“Coming to Lynn has helped me gain a lot of connections in the industry and meet amazing people,” said Annandale.

Annandale emphasizes that coming to the U.S. has helped him mature very quickly, teaching him to work diligently and to earn his way to make something of himself. 

“One thing I’ve learned in this country is that people won’t stop and wait for you; you’ve got to keep up,” he said. 

Annandale plans to graduate in May, and hopes to begin his career as a commercial airline pilot in the U.S. soon after graduation. 

Nicole Cleri

Nicole Cleri, a 19-year-old from Port St. Lucie, is a sophomore/junior in the 3.0 program. She aspires to become a journalist beyond college. When not at school, Cleri loves to be with her friends and family, or working at one of her three jobs.

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