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Dealing with College Holidays

PHOTO CREDIT: http://seattleregister.com/ With the holiday season comes a new set of challenges for new student veterans. A well-intended vacation for most can come with boredom, loneliness and the loss of a sense of purpose, in addition to the gap in GI Bill payments for the duration of college holidays. Why This Can Be Problematic In the military ...

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Field Manual for Dealing with Finals

Photo Credit:istock How to Prepare for Finals Start Studying Early It is never too early to begin studying for finals. As midterms have wrapped up at most traditional colleges and universities, it is now a good time to start planning for finals. If you took a midterm exam in a class or wrote a midterm ...

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Relationships and College: Dating and Marriage in School as a Veteran

The college experience is such a dynamic time for students that it is conducive to great experiences as well as struggles. As veterans we sometimes set ourselves apart from the traditional college atmosphere, but allowing yourself to fully assimilate into the culture of a college or university can yield extremely positive rewards. Whether you are ...

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Going to School with Anxiety, Depression, or PTS

It is important to remember that the best plan for dealing with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress is the plan that you make with your doctor. Every individual situation is different, so an open dialogue with your care provider is the best way to handle difficulties at school. PTS vs PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is ...

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Planning Your Holidays in College After the Service

Holidays in the military often meant no variation from our regular duties. Christmas, Easter and New Year’s Day would come and go without a thought. As I began assimilating back into civilian society, I found it difficult to deal with holidays. At first I found myself just going through the motions; just physically going wherever I was told ...

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Ghouls, Goblins, and Government Issued Fatigues: The Dos and Don’ts for Your Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes a frenzy of unanswered questions revolving around holiday-themed parties. Do I need a costume? What should I go as? Do I need a date? What will it be like? We’ll answer some of these questions so the only thing you have to fear is the ...

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Student Sgt – How you can be a Leader on Campus

For veterans, becoming a leader on campus is the natural progression. Our abilities, and the traits we learned in the military, enable us to lead by example at colleges and universities. The Student Veterans of America offer a training titled Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership. They say in this training, “Service members learn leadership skills ...

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12 Degrees that Lead to Careers

Wondering what degree you should pursue? Here are a few degrees that will lead to great careers. Associate Degrees and Certificates 1. Nursing While it is possible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, it is also possible to get licensed as a nurse with an associate degree or a certificate from a nursing school. ...

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How to Play Sports in College After the Military

Do you ever miss the experience of a morning PT exercise with your unit? Maybe not, but don’t forget some of the friendships and teamwork that would take place during these exercises. College sports can convey some of the same bonds. One of the moments I always look back on is during runs when people ...

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Military Phrases That Will Get You Laughed Out of an Interview

The results of a job interview may seem to hinge on your credentials and luck, but the way you speak in an interview can have a profound impact on your success. Beyond the requirements of the job, interviewers are looking for employees they can trust and understand. Forbes.com writer Mindy Lockard says in her article ...

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