“My transition from the military to academic life was difficult at first. My friendships in my unit ran deep, and it took more time for me to develop friendships in the civilian world compared to when I was in the Army. There was also a whole new language to learn in the university. Although I had some very practical knowledge that was applicable to my subject area, I had to learn how to communicate my experience in “academic-speak.” In the end, I discovered I had a lot to contribute in the academic arena that derived from my unique experiences as a combat veteran.
In addition to those adjustments, school was also a time of soul-searching. My time in academics gave me room to consider what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. At first, I wanted to pursue a career that closely followed that of my job in the military. Later, I decided to pursue a degree in Social Work so I could try to help other veterans who were having a tough time transitioning back to civilian life. I found my purpose in continuing my service to others.
I am genuinely excited to be working as the student veteran outreach coordinator here at The University of Texas at Austin. I believe the experience that veterans bring to the table is valuable, both to the academy and to the workforce as they move out into the world once again. I hope I can be a voice of encouragement and a listening ear for those on the journey. All the way.”
The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) have partnered to provide on-campus mental health outreach and counseling to student veterans.
Consultations are by appointment, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To make an appointment, telephone 512-232-2677. Leave a message including your name, phone number, and 2 or 3 days/times when you are available to come in. With the exception of weekends and holidays, calls will be returned within 24 hours. Walk-in appointments are based on availability.
The UT Austin/VA Clinic is located on the fourth floor of the Student Services Building (SSB 4.478).