DoD photo by Nell King

In preparation for leaving active duty, I recently completed all of my pre-separation training — transition goals, plans, and success, or ‘TGPS’ Capstone  — and am now in the process of meeting with different organizations to which I was referred.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joseph Guenther

As a student at Yale University, Air Force veteran, and mentor for Service to School, many veterans have contacted me asking for advice on how to enter a top-tier college. The benefits of college are widely known. At a top-tier school, you’ll be taught by world-renowned faculty and have access to immense resources. Moreover, you’ll attend classes and collaborate with fellow bright and vibrant students.

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

At an academic boot camp for enlisted veterans held at Harvard University last year, John Korn, one of the executive directors of the Harvard Business School, shared some valuable advice to help veterans understand what they need to do to succeed in a four-year undergraduate college environment. The seven habits of highly effective student veterans that he discussed are simply too good not to provide to a broader audience.

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