Program Type/Area of Study: Criminal Justice
What prompted you to return to school?
I had one year to complete my bachelor’s degree after being commissioned. It was important to find a straightforward path to meet my goals, to work with counselors who would tell me cut and dry what was required to graduate.
After investigating several schools, I decided to enroll at Bellevue University near where I was stationed. I learned that the 2-year degree I had earned, as well as other credits I had earned could transfer in, allowing me to graduate with an accredited degree, in the time frame I needed. I had a unique situation and Bellevue University helped me through it.
What has your experience been like as a student?
My experience at Bellevue University has been outstanding. When I look back the first thing I remember is Professor Smith from my Business cohort I felt he just understood what it was like for someone to start college after being away from school for so long. During my Master’s Degree Dr. Byers didn’t settle for nothing but your best. At the beginning of the cohort he told us there were going to be times we would want to quit because the course can be overwhelming with work and family but the payoff if well worth it. There is little doubt that if it wasn’t for Dr. Byer’s patience and understanding of what a student goes through in life and work I wouldn’t have graduated. The professors at Bellevue understand what it’s like to work and go back to school to reach that education goal you have set for yourself.
Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student?
One incredible benefit my military service afforded me was military training, which counted toward the credits I was able to transfer to Bellevue University. Currently, I am the Provost Marshal for the largest command in the US Army Reserves. Although I have now earned a 2-year degree, a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, I am considering more education to help me in my current role, or other roles I may transition to.
What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
Go to school. You can’t go wrong with education, whether you are retired or still active duty. Be sure to research the schools you are looking at to make sure the degree you are seeking works toward your long-term goals. I went on to earn a master’s degree right after completing my bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University. Other degrees I looked at were not accredited and may have posed a challenge to go on to further education so know why you are going back to school and make sure the degree fits your reasons.