Step for Navigating the Transition from Deployment to College
1) Start with a few courses to ease into the transition. If possible, choose a mix of courses that tap different skills and have varying amounts of reading and written assignments (e.g., math and English; science, music, social science).
2) Take notes during class and consider recording lectures. Helps to ensure that you stay on top of the material.
3) Studying: take notes, lots of breaks, find a study partner. Find a quiet and comfortable location and take notes while reading. This will help you to retain the information. Be sure to build in several short breaks, more if you find yourself easily distracted. Visit your college's academic services for more tips on studying.
4) Take advantage of the school’s resources such as academic services, tutoring, and counseling, veterans affairs office. If it's been several years since you were in school seek out the many academic and counseling resources available at your college.
5) Consider joining a student organization as a way to break down barriers to you and other students. In addition to joining the local student veterans club, you might consider getting involved in other on-campus activities. Such involvement may help you to feel more connected to other students and the larger campus community.
6) Recognize that others may not agree with you or understand your service in the military. Agree to disagree - nearly everyone has an opinion about the war and the military. Respectfully decline to answer any question that makes you feel uncomfortable.
7) Exercise will help reduce anxiety.
9) Learn to recognize your own signs of stress and seek help before you are overwhelmed.
10) Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat right – these habits will help keep you strong physically and mentally.
Suggestions adapted from: www.utexas.edu/student/cmhc/booklets/veterans/soldtostudbro.htm
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