Army, Military Police, 2001-2007
To what degree does the GI Bill cover your school expenses? All of my tuition costs, miscellaneous fees, and book expenses are covered. Small additional stipends for living arrangements are available.
What prompted you to return to school? After being a leader in the Army, I transitioned to a mid-level management position in the civilian world and knew advanced schooling would open the door for future opportunities. Being motivated is not enough, and learning about management gurus and technological advancements in business are paramount to achieving success.
Was adjusting to campus culture a challenge after military life? My online program is great for working adults. The fellow students are supportive and offer insightful information, and the teachers are very professional and accommodating to the needs of families, careers, and school.
What has your experience been like at your school? My experience has been very rewarding. Material learned from every class has had an immediate impact at my job. Practical application confirms the information is up-to-date and beneficial.
Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student? My military experience definitely makes me a better student. I know I can handle increased work-loads, stressful situations, timelines, and difficult projects because of my time in service.
What advice do you have for veterans returning to school? After being on combat deployments a college degree just seemed like a piece of paper with little value. There were so many other things of importance then spending time reading books and writing papers. But in the right frame of mind, the information learned can be as valuable as the real-world experience gained in the Army. Learning is more than just what one memorizes.
Student Quote: “I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.” — Groucho Marx