Incoming student veterans (left to right) Brandon Wilson, Alexander Cho and Bryan Belice participate in a roundtable discussion during orientation on Thursday. Wilson served in the United States Navy for eight years, making stops in Japan, Thailand and Australia. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.
Incoming stuÂdent vetÂeran Brandon Wilson served in the United States Navy for eight years, making stops in Japan, ThaiÂland and Australia.
âI have a unique perÂspecÂtive from having been exposed to so many difÂferent culÂtures around the world,â Wilson explained, noting his affable, open-ââmindedÂ nature.
His global expeÂriÂence, he said, will make it easy for him to assimÂiÂlate into the NorthÂeastern stuÂdent body, approxÂiÂmately 13 perÂcent of which is interÂnaÂtional. As the crimÂinal jusÂtice major put it, âIâm looking forÂward to being part of difÂferent social groups in a nonÂmilÂiÂtary environment.â
Wilson parÂticÂiÂpated in a roundÂtable disÂcusÂsion among a dozen stuÂdent vetÂerans on Thursday afterÂnoon in the Curry StuÂdent Center as part of the universityâs oriÂenÂtaÂtion proÂgram for new stuÂdents. The meet and greet folÂlowed an hourÂlong event focusing on finanÂcial planÂning for incoming veterans.
The fedÂeral governmentâs Yellow Ribbon ProÂgram, which operÂates in conÂjuncÂtion with the DepartÂment of VetÂerans Affairs, curÂrently proÂvides free tuition to roughly 120 NorthÂeastern stuÂdent vetÂerans who have served in the post-ââ9/â11Â era. A change in the programâs funding strucÂture will enable NorthÂeastern to enroll as many as 252 stuÂdent vetÂerans beginÂning thisÂ fall.
Michael Trudeau, a politÂical sciÂence major and the curÂrent presÂiÂdent of Northeasternâs chapter of StuÂdent VetÂerans of America, attended the oriÂenÂtaÂtion sesÂsion to introÂduce himÂself to the universityâs new class of stuÂdent veterans.
Prior to the event, the U.S. Navy vetÂeran disÂcussed the variety of uniÂverÂsity orgaÂniÂzaÂtions and activÂiÂties availÂable to the newÂcomers. âOur misÂsion,â he said, âis to bring vetÂerans together to build a social netÂwork that will ultiÂmately help them achieve greatÂ success.â
The SVO, he added, âproÂvides an outlet for vetÂerans to come together in a familiar enviÂronÂment to share stoÂries and get the most out of the NorthÂeastern experience.â
The uniÂverÂsity is comÂmitted to helping vetÂerans ease the tranÂsiÂtion from milÂiÂtary to colÂleÂgiate life. Northeasternâs Career SerÂvices office, for example, which has received best-ââin-ââthe-âânation accoÂlades from The Princeton Review, held a springÂtime resume-ââwriting workÂshops for stuÂdent vetÂerans. In the future, the workÂshop will likely take place at least once per semester.
Maria Stein, the universityâs director of career serÂvices, sinÂgled out stuÂdent vetÂerans for bringing expert comÂmuÂniÂcaÂtion and mulÂtiÂtasking skills to the workplace.
âStuÂdent vetÂerans have proven their leadÂerÂship in very stressful sitÂuÂaÂtions and by perÂforming under presÂsure,â she explained in a recent interÂview. âThey have a very strong workÂ ethic.â
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