In the Atrium with Cimony Greenhalgh

Cimony Greenhalgh is as comfortable strapping on combat boots as she is stepping onto the stage to perform. A junior studying therapeutic recreation and an ROTC cadet, Greenhalgh has been acting for years and still gets a thrill from getting into character.

“I love being able to take on different personalities,” she says. “I have a pretty mellow personality, so I think it’s fun to explore a wide range of emotions.”

Greenhalgh, who hails from Provo, most recently performed in “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Echo Theatre in Provo and last year was pictured on posters for the BYU Zoobie Film Festival.

When she’s not acting, she likes rock climbing, camping, and hiking. She also speaks Arabic and French and will try her hand at directing a play this semester.

“I’m like a tree,” she says, laughing. “I have all these interests that branch out.”

Greenhalgh’s main focus, however, is her involvement in the National Guard. The eighth of twelve children, she joined in 2010 as a way to fund her education. But she found more than just a scholarship—she discovered a great career path with an uplifting environment and focus on self-improvement.

“It fits my personality, and it feels really good to be able to serve my country,” she says. “I also like being part of a team and working every day to make things happen.”

She plans to commission as an officer after graduation and stay with the guard until retirement. As part of her duties for the National Guard, she has spent time in basic combat training and in California learning Arabic. She says the time away from home was challenging but worth it.

In addition to serving her country, Greenhalgh enjoys serving others and hopes to have a career in recreational therapy for individuals with special needs and veterans who are disabled. She currently works part-time at Eaton Alliance, a company that provides services to disabled people. It’s Greenhalgh’s job to help assist clients with activities and accompany them on outings.

“I always liked working with people with disabilities, and joining the military inspired me to do more with disabled veterans,” she says. “I think it’s cool to develop programs that help people gain independence.”