- Transfer plans: Amherst College
- De Anza activities: Student Veterans of America; Phi Theta Kappa
- Military service: U.S. Marine Corps
Re-entering the world of academia is scary, believe me, especially right after serving in the military. Both worlds are vastly different but don’t be afraid, there’s others just like you and I that are willing to help each other.
At the end of the day, confidence is key but don’t get it twisted with ego. When you walk into a classroom, you’ll be in a more diverse group of people than your own platoon’s demographic.
You’ll have students who are younger than you straight out of high school, you’ll have 50 year old students trying to earn their degrees after decades working, and everything in between.
Don’t be either intimidated or arrogant but rather humble. Understand that everyone has their own unique experiences that shaped who they are and can teach you more than textbooks.
You have that too, if you’re not afraid to share it. You’ll be surprised how much you can teach and how much you can learn from others.
Always strive for more and bring others up with you!