Dream Bigger

“Veterans don’t show up.” “Veterans don’t take advantage of all of the resources available to them.” “Veterans have low self-esteem.” “Veterans don’t aim high enough.” When I hear stereotypes like this, I think back to when I was a student veteran. At the time, being accepted to a community college was a dream come true. ...

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5 Truths About What Makes a School Military Friendly®

Don’t be misled by free coffee and donuts, my friend. There is much more you should evaluate when checking out a school, and one of the first areas of investigation should be how well it supports its veteran student body. Why should I care about what makes a school Military Friendly®? Here’s the truth: Schools ...

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How to Get the Most Out of a Community College

Finding the right school to attend after military service is an important job. There are literally dozens of factors that need to be considered before making a choice. For many veterans, one of the biggest factors is the name and reputation of their school. All things being equal, most of us would probably rather have ...

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Your Key To Success: Rethinking Your College Major

Can veterans change college majors, especially as recipients of educational benefits? Granted, we all have off-days, more-difficult-than-usual classes and semesters, and professors who are especially challenging. But when this begins to be a pattern, you might want to start rethinking your college major. Your major should not make all your hair fall out, unless you’re ...

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13 Great Schools That Support Military Veterans

SPONSORED As a military veteran looking to go back to school, it is important to know which colleges and universities are doing their part to support veterans like yourself. The value that veterans bring to campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom, is reflected in the commitment many schools have made to recruit, support ...

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5 Reasons Why Enlisted Veterans Don’t Get Into Top Schools

You’re a brainiac who aced the ASVAB. You could have attended college after high school, but for whatever reason, you didn’t. You might not have felt ready, or maybe you didn’t have the money. Either way, the military’s education benefits were a huge selling point – for later. Now you’re ready to separate and get ...

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The Pros and Cons of Low-Residency College Programs

After what you went through in the military, going to college is supposed to be easy, right? Sure, there are plenty of academic challenges and late-term stress to go around, but at least you get to sleep in. At least that’s how it’s supposed to be. That is, until you find out that the Advanced ...

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Army Veteran Turned Software Engineer

Co-author, Breaking Into Startups I discovered programming while deployed to Iraq in 2015. I was working night shifts at the Joint Operations Center in Baghdad. My job was to the write the daily SITREP, or situation report, that summarized daily events in theater. My biggest problem was my primary source for information was one spreadsheet ...

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The Truth About Using the GI Bill for Community College

The GI Bill gives veterans access to a variety of institutions, from vocational to Ivy League universities. While you’re trying to decide where you belong in your academic journey, you may find that you should use your GI Bill for community college. Humble and often underrated, community colleges can offer many advantages to veterans that ...

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How (and Why) to Network with Your Professor

I know what you’re thinking: “This article is going to tell me how to suck up.” OK, it sort of sounds like it. But hear me out, this piece of information may be vital to your academic and professional success. So no, you shouldn’t suck up. But…. You should engage your professors, show interest and ...

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