KSFY – A career aptitude test taken in her junior year of high school suggested Randi Pederson ’04 should give flying a try.
“And it asked, ‘do I want to play in the dirt? Do I want a set schedule? Do I like to work with people?” Pederson said. All these different types of categories … and it came up with a pilot as one of my profession.”
So Pederson told her parents, both farmers in Iowa, she wanted to take lessons.
“There’s no one else around there that does it,” Pederson said. “A friend of my mom’s had done it and kind of helped me with the path of what schools to go to and some career advice.”
After traveling to flight schools all across the country in her family’s RV, Pederson settled on St. Cloud State University where she majored in aviation. She was one of just a few women in the program at the time who wanted to fly.