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Tyler DeMeuse

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Tyler DeMeuse

California University of Pennsylvania

Area of Study
Arabic Language and Culture

Military Service
Army, Cryptologic Linguist 2006-2012

To what degree does the GI Bill cover your school expenses?
The tuition assistance (TA), and the Montgomery GI Bill Top UP programs would cover 100% of my costs if I chose to use them.

What prompted you to return to school?
Education has always been a valuable aspect of my life. So it was inevitable that I would return to school once an attractive program hit the market. Lo and behold this one of a kind online Arabic program was made available, and I took advantage.

Was adjusting to campus culture a challenge after military life?
Absolutely not. The “military life” instills a sense of responsibility, accountability, punctuality, etc... These are all traits necessary to succeed in school as well. Therefore, the transition was smooth and rewarding in that I could utilize the culture the military has instilled.

Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student?
The military has provided me the opportunity to experience the world. That experience plays a big role in my educational maturity. I bring much more to the classroom than I would have as just a high school graduate. For that I’m quite grateful.

What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
Don’t settle! It’s easy to pick a program quickly, thinking it’s the best one out there. But do your research and compare/contrast various programs. The online education world is ever-expanding, and there’s something perfect for everyone. Also, start your education early. Even if it’s to knock out your general ed requirements.

Additional Comments
While serving on active duty, I have attended 5 institutions of higher learning, and CALU stood out in three regards. 1) Working with the Military and taking extra care in our unique circumstances. 2) Quality of education 3) Opportunities: Course variety, internships, and offering the ONLY online Arabic program in the world. Wow!