Anthony Lenkiewicz Jr.
Dartmouth College | Art History
Coast Guard | Information Systems Technician
My Coast Guard enlistment took me from Maine to California to the Caribbean and many places in between. Even as an Information Systems Technician, I was a part of search and rescue missions, maritime law enforcement boarding’s, migrant interception, interdiction of drug-traffickers, and endless shipboard firefighting drills. I loved my Coast Guard experience but decided that I wanted to complete my college education at a four-year school in person. One day, while researching my options near the end of my enlistment, I stumbled upon Cornell’s veteran webpage and discovered Service to School and The Warrior-Scholar Project. There was even a video of a prior servicemember telling about his journey from enlistment to Cornell undergrad. Intrigued and curious, I did further research. It wasn’t long before I was able to attend The Warrior-Scholar Project at the University of Michigan and was paired with a Service to School sponsor who was a sophomore at Dartmouth College and a Posse Scholar.
It’s three years later, and I’m a sophomore at Dartmouth College and a Posse Scholar (obviously, my sponsor was a good salesman). In the time that I’ve been here, I’ve joined a fraternity, tasted Robert Frost’s ashes, and eaten 512 FOCO cookies (our dining hall’s infamous claim to fame). I’m an Art History major and big fan of the liberal arts approach to education. I love to pick things up and put them down, be near large bodies of water, and eat meat. I’m very passionate about Veteran’s education and helping Veterans reach their full potential.
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