It is hard to believe that the 2011/2012 school year is almost at an end. I could swear that it was just a couple weeks ago that I was coming back after Christmas break and bemoaning the fact that I still had sixteen weeks of classes left. However, at the tail end of the semester I am reflecting on the realization that I learned much and had an enjoyable time.
This past school year was the first one in which I took college courses while also engaging in my military career. In addition to classes and homework, I have had to keep on top of my computer-based training courses. To add a little extra interest, my 96 year old grandfather who lives with my family has finally started to experience the pains that come at the end of life, and we have now converted our living area into a home hospice complete with a hospital bed and other nursing home implements.
In spite of all this, my school year has been easier than it might have been, and I have really learned to appreciate the lengths which Grace College is going to accommodate its military students; in my case those that are actively serving. In addition to the Veteran’s Affairs Student Services Team, I have found Grace’s professors to be particularly eager to help military students. When it comes to mandatory activities like training weekends, they are more than willing to rework personal assignment schedules. That way, I can focus on learning the fine points of how to load a running jet without having to waste any energy worrying about how I will fit my homework in alongside my duties as a weekend warrior. In that vein, I have my annual tour coming up at Elmendorf AFB in May, just before the semester ends. Once I informed them that I would be leaving school before the semester ended, they each took the time to plan a doable and accelerated assignment schedule for me. This eliminated the possibility of me having to withdraw from any of my classes due to unfinished material before I left.
As I have juggled the different aspects my life this past semester, I have come to appreciate further the excellent treatment which Grace College gives its military students. I trust that your experiences this past school year have been equally as stellar, and hope that you end your studies on a high note.
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