Veterans' College Drop-Out Rate Soars

Maybe I fall into the category of wanting an education. I think the real problem here is people get of the military with no direction, same as the way they (mostly) mostly went in.

I've been in both places. I started at a community college and isolated myself and one day I walked into the vet lounge and it felt like I was back in the barracks bullshitting all day. While I definitely got less work done at school, it was a good little transition phase. After two years at the good 'ole greasy 13th grade, it was time to move onto a four-year university and leave behind the great vet community at a school of ~4000? and go to a student population of 50,000+.

I went to the new vet lounge and found it sucked dick. All I remember about that place is some guy kept asking everyone who walked into the room if they knew how to do calc 2. Sorry bro, All I had to take was calc 1. Also, the place was super depressing; most of the people were either sleeping, keeping to themselves, or in a back-room doing whatever, which I later found out was the "club officer click."

Since my college was on the opposite end of campus, I just never went back. You know what? I learned. I learned to be more social and accept that people are different and in the end, the people I ended up talking to on a daily basis were alright. I started with a couple people who were older and one of them was a AF reserve guy of some sort. Between going different directions in classes due to different majors and the AF guy being lame as fuck, I just found people in my major who were normal people. Sure, they are college-age guys, but they were 'normal' and in the real-world, it will not be all veterans, either.

Finding something interesting to study in the key. Don't go to college just because it is ingrained in societies collective head that it is the right thing to do. But, DO use the GI Bill. People would give their left nut or ovary to not only go to school, but get paid to go. Since the GI Bill can be used for so many other things besides a four year degree, its such a stupid thing to waste. The amount of future earnings that people forgo just because they have to spend a couple years learning something new is astounding. When you separate from the military, there really is not much opportunity cost for going to school while forgoing a little extra money from 'working' when comparing it to your future earnings. You're not a damn gifted athlete playing in the B1G when you have already been drafted. (And if you do go to get a four year degree, don't bitch about the required generals, everyone has to fucking take those).

tl;dr: Graduating in May with a degree. TBI-yes, PTSD-sure, I gunned bro, etc.

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