Military Teaches More Than Just Discipline
Published on February 13, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
Submitted by Chelsea Wood, a student in the accounting program at Broadview University
Being a veteran and a student means I have many resources available for education. There are discounts on tuition, books, and the GI Bill to name a few. When I started classes at Broadview University, I was concerned about having been out of school for the past 10 years. Would I know how to study or take tests anymore? Then, I realized there was still one more resource which I had never considered before—my learning experiences while I was on active duty in the U.S. Navy.
For four years, from the time I started boot camp to the time I left active duty, I was constantly training, learning, and studying. All the way through boot camp and the advanced training for my job, I read text books, took notes, studied, and took written and practical tests. Once I reached the fleet, I continued to study for qualifications tests and boards, advancement exams, and procedures. All of this training and learning can be applied now as a student. My first weeks as a student, it all came back. I remembered how to read a text, study vocabulary, and prepare for tests.
Every branch of the military continually trains. All of that training can be applied to being a successful student. Admittedly, studying for an advancement exam is only once every few years while tests here can be weekly. When I was reviewing a chapter for my first test here at Broadview University, I remembered that reading the first and last sentences of a paragraph made it much easier to read through manuals. I tested the theory with my text book and found this was also the case. I tested myself the same way I had when I was preparing for boards, and when test time came, I was rewarded with an A.
Suddenly, being a student again after 10 years away from “school” wasn’t so scary anymore. The Navy gave me the tools to be successful in the workplace, in school, and in life. I have my days where being out to sea is much more appealing, such as finals week. After it’s over, I realize I was prepared because I had studied using the tools and training the military gave me. I suppose you could say, the military taught me a lot more than discipline—it taught me how to learn.
This blog post is part of a hands-on learning project for the Consumer Behavior class at Broadview University-Boise. Seven students total will write about their personal college experiences and share them with the world. Read more about the project here.
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