This past December, I graduated from Tidewater Community College with an associate degree in general studies and was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class in the United States Navy. I never expected to become a community college graduate. I never imagined I would join the military, either. Up to this point, my educational and career journey has been thoroughly non-traditional—marked by twists and turns, changes of heart, and changes of plans. Going forward, however, the path is much clearer. I have spent the last three years executing a plan I made at the lowest point in my life. Hopefully, the next step of this plan will lead me to the Columbia University School of General Studies.
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I chose to enlist in the military, and specifically the Navy, for several reasons. First and foremost, I needed a change. The military gave me an opportunity to reset my life and to escape the distractions of my hometown. Military service also offered the additional benefits of bolstering my resume and admissions competitiveness for the next step of my plan. There were a variety of other paths I could have chosen to produce similar outcomes. The common denominator of these paths was time, and I had wasted enough of it already. The Navy gave me the opportunity to work towards my ultimate goal while doing work worth doing. When time spent does not feel like time wasted, I find it easier to stay focused and …show more content…
In the fall of 2013, I took an Introduction to Microeconomics course at Bridgewater State University and found it to be significantly underwhelming. While researching the topic on my own, I came across an open courseware version of the class provided by MIT. The course included filmed lectures during actual classes, as well as supplementary material like notes, problem sets, and tests. I followed along and was blown away by the difference between the course at MIT and BSU. The first MIT lecture covered more material than the entire Economics 101 course at BSU. This experience was eye-opening and was one of the first influences that pushed me towards making a dramatic change. Of course, Columbia University is one of the finest academic institutions in the world, and more than satisfies my desire to be in a competitive and rigorous academic
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For many, the military is a form of an escape. Whether it is financially, mentally, or emotionally, they want an escape from whatever it is they’re dealing with. For Eric Robbins, this was the case. He grew up with poor parents who were both struggling with addictions. He knew he wanted something better for his life, but he also knew there was no way he’d achieve that unless he joined the military.
My father had made some bad business deals and lost all of the family's money. When I was two years old, my dad went to debtor's prison. A few years later my dad went to the West Indies and never returned. Becoming a soldier, since my family didn't have any money, I saw the military as a great way to get a free education and to have a career. I entered the West Point Military Academy at the age of 18 and graduated in 1829 near the top of the class.
While both of these were very challenging, becoming an officer in the Marine Corps would be the culmination of them. The experience as an Officer in The Corps will be like nothing I’ve ever done. The Marine Corps will fulfill my unquenchable desire to take on this challenge. Marine Corps officers are leaders of leaders.
I felt, I needed to help and inspire my community to stand up against injustice, but I needed to redefined myself through the military and college. The military helped me established a foundation of ownership, which lead me in enrolling in my local community college where I was enlighten about activism and entered numerous organizations to be involved in service.
Work for Tuition Program Brya1 is an eighteen-year-old, recent high school honors graduate. Her life should be filled with hope for the future, but this is sadly not the case. Instead of fielding college acceptance letters and contemplating scholarship opportunities, Brya is fielding orders at a local Starbucks and contemplating how she can earn the money she needs for college. Not wanting to fix cups of coffee at minimum wage for the rest of her life, Brya finally opted to go into the military until a college education is within her financial reach.
Thank you Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation donors for the scholarship grant. Because of your generous donations scholarship recipients like myself, are given a higher chance of success in college from the financial help. I am deeply grateful for the Marine Corps Scholarship foundation for finding me satisfactory and will use the grant provided to further succeed in college. My father has been in the military a little more than twenty years, more than the 21 years I have been alive.
They still continue to intrigue me. Going into high school I considered the different branches of the armed forces. I decided the Army was the best fit for me and that becoming an active duty officer will be the best path to take to make the Army a career. In my junior year of high school that plan changed slightly. When I turned seventeen I decided to enlist in the Army reserves through the split option.
Everything that was within reach was pulled away just before it came to fruition. I decided to look to the military for a second road to my education, and to give me the job security that I needed while I served my country and my fellow man. With a high A.S.V.A.B score I was heavily sought by representatives from every branch. After much deliberation I settled on The United States Coast Guard, as I wanted to maximize the amount that I could contribute to my country and the world with the lowest potential to do harm, as we had just entered into a new war only four years before. Becoming a rescue swimmer let me do the greatest amount of good in a troubled time.
Many Soldiers choose to build lifelong careers in the Army; I did, when I medically retired from the Army after 10yrs of service. I chose to use many valuable benefits available to me. Retiree benefits can help me pay for college with my 911 GI BILL. So, I decide to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Colorado Christian University. The valuable military training and experience I receives during my time of service often makes getting anything done considerably easier.
I feel that the best way to do so is to attend one of the service academies. I understand that the service academy life is rigorous and demanding. They try to push you past your limits. That challenge is what motivates me. Pushing oneself past the limits they have in their mind is how character is built.
I prepared early by joining naval junior reserve officer training corps(NJROTC) my freshman year of highschool. I joined and competed in many activities such as air rifle, armed drill exhibition, chain gang, community service, and orienteering. The unit taught me discipline and how to become a leader. It gave me the advantage I desired to be one step closer to becoming a Marine.
There are million different careers out there in the world for me to choose from, but finding the one perfect for me can be difficult. Joining the army is going to be the first start of my future and my career. In the army, I can get paid while working, get a scholarship, and a job all right there on a military base. I realized that it might be a little hard for me to raise up enough money to pay for college to go right away, but if I go into the military I could get a scholarship, which means the military would pay for my college on base or whatever school they have for me to go to. This would definitely be my future and basically my whole life.
I am first generation college student. I started Florida Gulf Coast University four years after I migrated from Jamaica along with my Dad, in pursuits of “an opportunity”- something that is very scarce outside of the continental United States. Before coming to FGCU, I went to Miramar High School; I graduated with honors and promised my Dad that within four years I would bring home my bachelors degree in Finance. August 14th, 2013 marked move in day at Florida Gulf Coast University. My first few weeks at Florida Gulf Coast University introduced me to the dreariest days and nights of my life.
Joining the military was a much-needed event. Before joining the military, I would stay out late at night with my friends and I really did not know what I wanted to do next with my life. This was of course something that I needed to change because I needed to have some idea of what I wanted. On September 11, 2001 while I was at school, I arrived to my second class of the day where the teacher was watching the September 11 attacks as they were happening live on TV. I was shocked at what was happening!