G.I. JOBS VIRTUAL CAREER EXPO   I   MAY 25TH

Limestone College Success Profile – Mary Carnicle

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Tell us about yourself:

I am a 31 year old single mom to a 7 and 4 year old. I am currently living in South Carolina pursuing my undergraduate degree in Social Work.

What prompted you to return to school?

I knew that I needed to further my education to prosper in the civilian world. I want to show my children that it is never too late to pursue your goals.

Why did you choose Limestone?

I chose Limestone because of the flexibility of their programs. I needed to ensure that I had time to spend with my children as well as attend class. Another deciding factor was that they were so military friendly. Because I was using my G.I. Bill benefits, I wanted to attend a school that was familiar with working with veterans.

What military education benefits, such as the GI Bill, did you use?

I used the Post 9/11 (Ch. 33) G.I. Bill

What has your experience been like as a student?

My experience as a student has been phenomenal. Even being an evening student, I have been able to integrate myself into campus programs. I am currently the president of the Student Social Work Organization and also take part in many committees. This school has so many things to offer and the faculty is very supportive and absolutely fantastic!

What challenges did you have adjusting to campus culture after military life?

No. The first couple of days I was rather nervous, but the transition was surprisingly smooth. It feels like a great fit.

Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student?

I absolutely believe that my military experience has made me a better student. The values I’ve acquired in the military have followed me to the civilian side. I feel that I am more organized, disciplined, and motivated to succeed than ever before.

What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?

Go for it, jump in with both feet. You have nothing to lose. The only thing you would lose is having a chance to fulfill a dream. There is more to life than a military career, it’s a big, big world out there.
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