I'm currently in my junior year pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science, with a Music Technology certificate. Originally from Rockville, Indiana, I served 4 and a half years in the United States Army as an infantryman with Bravo Company, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. I served two tours overseas in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel and Operation Inherent Resolve. At CU Boulder, I work in the VMA Office as a work-study student. Throughout my journey I've learned a lot about how to succeed as a Student Veteran and would love to share these tips on how to do so!
Question: Are there programs for veterans to acclimate to the college experience?
Answer: Prior to the start of each semester, CU Boulder Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) offers a Veteran Bridge Program. Not only does this program assist veterans in math, writing and research skills, it’s also a time to meet new people and build lasting friendships. This program helps veteran students see what school is going to be like while giving them the opportunity to meet fellow vets, share experiences and adjust to life at CU Boulder.
Q: How did you find community or make connections on campus?
A: For me, I was able to meet student veterans and veteran dependents in the Student Veteran Lounge located in the CASE building. During the day, students spend their time studying here and great connections can be made. The lounge has computers, lounge chairs and desk space for use. Another great opportunity is the VMA Ambassador Program, which is designed to help new students with their transition into CU and connect with resources in their first semester. You will be matched with an ambassador in your area of interest and they will connect with you throughout the semester.
Also, be sure to follow CU Boulder’s @FutureBuffs Instagram to connect with students and see what student life is actually like.
Q: How did you get involved on campus?
A: CU Boulder has so much to offer. I got involved in the Student Veterans Association, which is a student group for all of the vets on campus. They put on several veteran-focused events and help smooth over the transition as a new student veteran. Be sure to check out our other student-run organizations.
Q: How are veterans/active military/or their family supported on campus?
A: Our VMA office offers a wide range of services for any veterans/veteran dependents using VA benefits at CU. We offer career counselling, academic advising, and tutoring all free of charge.
Q: How do veterans/veteran dependents use their benefits?
A: Apply for your benefits through the VA if you haven’t already done so. After admission to CU Boulder, the VMA has a New Student Checklist that you can reference to ensure you’re receiving benefits.