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University of the Incarnate Word Success Profile – Cierra McGill

Cierra McGill

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX
Program Type/Area of Study: MBA International Business
MOS: Dependent

Tell us about yourself:

“At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about: taking action. Without action, the best intentions in the world are nothing more than that: intentions.” -Jordan Belfort

What prompted you to return to school?

Graduating from college was always something that I never thought twice about. I was taught at a young age how important your education is and how a degree would be your ticket to a successful career. Having educational benefits to cover the cost of tuition just guaranteed how much of a reality it would be to be able to go to college. Money is usually the factor preventing people from attending college but having military benefits to cover the finances eliminates veterans from being in that predicament.

What has your experience been like as a student?

I love it! Coming from Texas A&M, a large public university, to UIW, was definitely strange because now professors knew me by my first name, they take attendance, and people actually talk to each other in class. I went from an auditorium of 500 students to a small personal classroom of on average 20 students. UIW also offers so many study abroad opportunities that I was fortunate enough to take advantage of and travel to places like France and China.

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

Absolutely! Being raised in a military family instilled discipline in me at a very young age. I also learned how important it is to be respectful and the value of education.

What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?

It is a completely different world than the military but your education is worth it. Your educational benefits are available to you, so why not use them? The majority of veterans returning to school that I have met, absolutely love the college atmosphere especially at UIW where your resources are unlimited and everyone is on your side. With San Antonio being a military city, there are a lot of veterans attending school here and many opportunities to meet people and share your stories.

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