United State Air Force, Aircraft Structural Repair Craftsman, Retired, 1988-2008
To what degree does the GI Bill cover your school expenses? The GI Bill covers my entire tuition and books. I also receive the housing allowance which helps with my mortgage.
What prompted you to return to school? I decided to return to school to begin a second career. I could easily have moved into the civilian workforce with the skills I already had but I wanted to try something different. I chose education because I feel I can use my experience to help students learn in unconventional ways.
Was adjusting to campus culture a challenge after military life? For me the social aspect has been different because you get used to people acting a certain way in the military and the majority of students are fresh out of high school.
Was adjusting to campus culture a challenge after military life? There is quite a difference between campus and military life. Obviously I am older than 95% of my fellow students and even some of my instructors. However my experience is often called on by instructors and students to enrich our learning experiences. The military instills a sense of discipline critical to college success however I see the same dedication within many of my classmates.
Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student? Yes. I have a lot more discipline in school now than I did before the military.
What has your experience been like at your school? My experience has been excellent. As a supervisor and trainer I was used to working with younger individuals and my fellow students are no different they each have their own opinions based on personal experience however everyone seems to respect the differences such a diverse population contains.
Do you beleive your military experience has made you a better students? Absolutely. As I mentioned earlier discipline is critical to a successful college experience. I also think the opportunities I was given in the military prepared me to excel when returning to school. Extensive travel has given me personal experience critical to understanding geography, history, and cultural differences.
What advice dou you have for active duty personnel taking classes while deployed? Come into the experience with an open mind. Remember we are here to learn from each other. What is considered “normal” (i.e. dress, hair color, tattoos, piercings, attitudes, and outlooks) in the military doesn’t always apply on campus. Be willing to listen to the kid in the back of the room with the florescent green hair and more piercings than a ship full of pirates–he might have an insight you didn’t consider.
Additional Comments: Have fun.
Student Quote: “Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” for many of these students we are a connection to that past. – George Santayana