Combat Veteran and Robert Morris University President Chris Howard Shares What It Means to Be Military Friendly

When is the last time you had a conversation that changed you for the better? When was the last time you connected with a person willing to share of themselves, and what they shared made a difference? Who was the last person who took nothing from you, gave you everything they had in the moment ...

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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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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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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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Study Habits and Discipline: How your Military Discipline will help you Learn

Study habits can make or break your time in college. Good study habits will lead to a much higher success rate in academics. Luckily these good study habits can be learned. We have put together this article to talk about some helpful study habits and explain why student veterans have an edge in acquiring these ...

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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD: Maximizing Down Time as a Student

As veterans we have a unique perspective on college. Most of us do not view it as a mandatory extension of high school, or as a series of classes we need to sit through so we can simply get a degree and party in the process. We have been trained to work as hard as ...

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