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Christopher Griffin

Meet a Student

Christopher Griffin

Stetson University

Area of Study
Social Science w/Secondary Education Certification

Military Service
Army, Medic 2007-2011

To what degree does the GI Bill cover your school expenses?
The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill covers my tuition for the first semester then Stetson covers the second semester so that I can go to school for the full year without any student loans.

What prompted you to return to school?
Without a degree it is almost impossible to get a job that pays enough to provide for a family. So I knew that I needed to get a degree.

Was adjusting to campus culture a challenge after military life?
The adjustment from the military to civilian life was very rough for me; going to school and adjusting to college life made it even more difficult. I finally got involved around the campus and started a veteran’s organization which has helped me and other veterans on the campus with adjustment to a new life that doesn’t revolve around deployments.

What has your experience been like at Stetson University?
At first I didn’t feel comfortable at Stetson, I felt out of place. Once I started getting involved on campus I found that students here are very open and friendly which helped me to let my guard down and get to know new people.

Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student?
I have become more focused while in classrooms and I have better time management skills. I do not procrastinate anymore instead I finish my work and then enjoy my time off.

What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
The first semester is the hardest. I would recommend getting into a club at Stetson that interests you, and don’t be afraid to reach out and find other veterans on campus to discuss problems you’re having. The new Student Veterans Association is a great starting place.