Mitchell Motlagh served as an Information Systems Technician in the U.S. Coast Guard on active duty for six and a half years and has served in the reserves since leaving active duty in July of 2015. He served on the East Coast, the West Coast, and in Sitka, Alaska. After receiving command approval to end his active duty contract early, Mitchell enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College. While attending NVCC with the intent to transfer to Georgetown University, he was selected for the Posse Veterans Program to attend Wesleyan University as a member of the Class of 2020. Mitchell is pursuing an interdisciplinary major in Wesleyan's College of Social Studies; this entails rigorous study in the fields of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.