Over the past couple of weeks, the Veterans Upward Bound program has been hosting a series of New Student Orientations. This activity integrates our veteran participants into the VUB program; assess their academic abilities, while allowing the VUB staff to get to know every participant individually. As a VUB Academic Advisor, I am proud the vast group of individuals from all walks of life and situations that have come forward to better themselves by attaining an education.
Change is inevitable, also necessary for growth. I find that each veteran in our program has realized the importance of change. They have undoubtedly embraced the idea of change, and have taken the challenges that occur there in, head on. I have been moved by that boldness to seize a new opportunity. I assume this mentality is from their vast training and experience defending our great nation.
Going to college is great challenge, not for just for the individual, but for the family members involved. Knowing that, along with the external factors of family, friends, bills, personal time, and patience; it only would seem normal that making the commitment to change your life (through education), is not an easy decision to make. I applaud our Vets from Raleigh, Smithfield, Sanford, Siler City, Lillington, and everywhere else in North Carolina, that have taken that first step of change. It takes a village.