I joined the military to gain discipline. I realized that if I continued on the path I was on, I would end up in a low paying job with little self confidence. I was at a point in my young adult life where things were not going according to my plan. I had applied to college only to not be accepted because of the lack of required classes taken. I also saw the need in our world for more people who support their country. I wanted to be one of those people.
I want to share my story so that students understand that people in the military are just like them, but full of exuding courage and commitment. I also want them to see how the military changes people into respectable, confident, and caring people. Finally, I want them to know why they are free and who makes that possible. I want them to understand that there are people out there putting their lives on the line for each and every one of them and that we should all respect, remember, and honor their sacrifice.
I am currently working on my Graduate degree at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in the Higher Education department using my Post 9/11 GI bill benefits. I am also the graduate assistant at the Military and Veteran Success Center where I am developing a peer, faculty and staff, and employer mentoring program.
I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. After High school, I enlisted active duty in the United States Airforce and was stationed at Travis AFB, CA. I am a proud spouse of a fallen hero who was active duty Airforce as well. Being part of the military and understanding the family that creates encouraged me to be part of the Military and Veteran Success Center at UNL as a Graduate Assistant.
I earned my Associates degree at Southeast Community College and went on to get my Bachelors in Business from Doane College. I am currently a Graduate student at UNL in the Education Administration department with a focus in Higher Education.
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