Ian Tierney: My Journey from the Marine Corps to the University of Chicago

Over eight years ago I graduated high school in the bottom 10% of my class. This fall, I will once again be a full-time student at the University of Chicago. You may be asking yourself, how could a top tier school with a 6.2% acceptance rate possibly accept a student like him? It is notContinue reading “Ian Tierney: My Journey from the Marine Corps to the University of Chicago”

The Road Less Traveled: The argument for becoming a student veteran

At some point in their career, every member of the military member considers life after their enlistment is completed. Often, they are filled with excitement as they anticipate the sense of freedom they will experience on the day they get out. With longing in their eyes, they imagine waking up late, not shaving or doingContinue reading “The Road Less Traveled: The argument for becoming a student veteran”

Opinion Piece: Before You Roll up the Car Window

It was getting close to midnight. After serving hundreds of sushi to angry customers and cleaning up after drunk fraternity boys, I was on my way home with a pocket full of singles. I ran into a middle-aged man holding a sign in front of the restaurant.  Homeless veteran from Fort Drum, anything helps. LuckyContinue reading “Opinion Piece: Before You Roll up the Car Window”

Searching for a University: Considering the Chicago Principles

            In recent years the definition of the University has been in flux. As NYU psychologist Jonathan Haidt has noted[1], the university is oscillating between truth and social justice. The competition between these values has been seen on campuses across the United States for several years. The shout-downs at Yale[2], the meltdown at Evergreen[3], the creationContinue reading “Searching for a University: Considering the Chicago Principles”

Opinion Piece: On Networking

“It’s all about who you know.” A lot is said about the worth of networking, but not much is said about exactly what networking is and how we should approach it. Additionally, advice on networking can often miss the mark because approaches to networking should be tailored to the individual. What works for me mightContinue reading “Opinion Piece: On Networking”

Opinion: How to Have Constructive Conversations

I would like to start this post off with a caveat. Our views and opinions are formulated by our life experiences. Therefore, I would like to note that the following opinions regarding navigating hard topics are based solely on my own experience. Difficult conversations are exactly that: difficult. If they were easy, I doubt weContinue reading “Opinion: How to Have Constructive Conversations”

The University of Chicago’s Holistic Approach to Veteran Services

Former enlisted military veterans are not traditionally who one might expect to find in attendance at a top-tier university. In fact, most enlisted folks themselves wouldn’t even consider it a possibility. Fortunately, there has been a major shift over the last decade, both in how veterans envision their future in higher education and in howContinue reading “The University of Chicago’s Holistic Approach to Veteran Services”

Opinion Piece: Student Veterans’ FOMO

Whether you are transferring from a community college or straight out of the military, you might have experienced the life of an outsider if you are a student veteran. You constantly remind yourself that you don’t have any problem going to classes alone, but a group of students enjoying the sunny weather on the greenContinue reading “Opinion Piece: Student Veterans’ FOMO”