If you decide to forgo the dreams of being a seal or things don't work out just the way you plan (they rarely do) and you want to stay in KY, I have contacts at both Lexmark and Proctor & Gamble where I have done some significant consulting work and maintained multiple "C" level contacts.
However, follow the dreams as far as they take you. I've figured a few things out in my 40 years. I teach my daughters, ages 11, 8 and 7, there are three fundamental things that will put you ahead of 90% of all Americans. I believe these apply throughout life.
#1. Learn to wake up/never hit the snooze button. Get up early and be functional right away
#2. Be pleasant/kill em with kindness. This will become second nature and when it happens your disposition will invariably be pleasant.
#3. Always provide outstanding customer service in everything you do/attend to details. Start early with household chores. Do them well and find subtle perfection in everything you do.
Now that you have read my words of wisdom, go back and crack the books.
BTW check out books by Larry Winget. You'll enjoy them.