Year and major: Senior/Nursing
Hometown: Gadsden, Ala.
Branch/Rank: U.S. Navy/E-4
Service: Four years, stationed in NAS Whidbey Island with VAQ-138, an EA6-B Prowler squadron. Assigned to U.S.S. John C. Stennis. Deployment in 2007 for 7 ½ months in the West Pacific in support of OIF and OEF.
Any favorite classes? It is very difficult to choose, as most of my classes have been amazing, but the most rewarding is actually in the clinical setting at the various hospitals we are assigned to. It is very challenging dealing with sick patients, but I feel the nursing program has prepared me well to be part of the team that provides care for our most vulnerable populations.
Tell us about JU’s role in your transition to civilian life. JU has helped out by having a great veterans information office, and Student Veterans of America chapter that offers veterans a chance to give back and help out our community, as well as other veterans. The veteran’s office is a valuable resource, as it keeps us posted on our benefits or any other changes that may apply to us.
What sets JU apart? The distinguishing factor is having a Yellow Ribbon program at a private university, and how significant it is. If the school did not offer this financial aid program, it would cause a significant financial burden on many students, including myself, who want the private college experience but cannot afford it.
What might surprise others about you? I don’t think everyone knows I was brought up in a very impoverished environment, by a single parent. The military offered me a way to become successful and to promote my dream of graduating from college.
For more about JU’s programs and services for student-veterans, visit http://www.ju.edu/VA and http://www.ju.edu/registrar/Pages/VA-Information.aspx.