G.I. Jobs Virtual Job Fair   |   June 27

Virtual Job Fair   |   June 27

University of the Incarnate Word Success Profile – Jeffrey Oliver


Jeffrey Oliver

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX
Program Type/Area of Study: Criminal Justice
Years Served: 23
MOS: Senior Chief Petty Officer

Tell us about yourself:

“When we enter college, we enter with our current level of knowledge. As we gain more information, we tend to change our minds.” – Robert Sosa

What prompted you to return to school?

I had been out of the civilian work force for 26 years and realized that it had changed significantly since 1983. I also realized that I needed more than a high school diploma to be competitive.

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

G.I. Bill; University of the Incarnate Word is a private university. The GI Bill pays for my tuition, fees, and gives me a paycheck every month.

What has your experience been like as a student?

The staff made the entire admissions process so simple that it was easy to choose UIW over other schools in the area.

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

As an older student, I expected to be treated differently. However, both the staff and the students of Incarnate Word gave me a warm welcome.

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

The United States Coast Guard instilled in me honor, integrity, and devotion to duty. These qualities are essential and demanded of all college students.

What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?

Don’t be afraid to take the challenge. The hard work and discipline that contributed to your success in the military will also contribute to your success in college.

Additional comments:

Returning to school is no easy choice for any veteran; however, combining your military experiences with a college education will make you highly marketable for employment in the civilian world. UIW is a private university that was founded on strong christian principles and values. A college degree from University of the Incarnate Word will prepare you for the challenges that you will face in leadership outside the military.
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