University of Pennsylvania | Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Army | Airborne Infantryman
After spending two years at a state school in Connecticut, Jon Longcoy enlisted in the Army just before his 23rd birthday. Devoid of motivation at school, he believed that joining the Army would fulfill his need to test his physical, mental, and emotional limitations. Jon spent the majority of his five-year military career with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he specialized as a Sniper in a Reconnaissance Platoon.
While on active duty, Jon began taking classes at a local community college. After an honorable discharge, he enrolled at Fordham University as an economics major, where he spent three semesters. With the encouragement of a professor, Jon applied and was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania.
Now, in his senior year, Jon is currently studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Choice and Behavior. Jon holds volunteer roles as the President of the Student Veterans Association at Penn, Treasurer of the Ivy League Veterans Council, Assistant Treasurer of the United War Veterans Council, and works as an Ambassador for Service to School. Additionally, Jon competes for Penn’s Ski Team.
Jon claims that his success in gaining acceptance into Fordham, Penn, and beyond was through utilizing the expansive network of veterans and veteran organizations. Without the encouragement and assistance of several individuals and organizations, he does not believe he would be where he is today. Service members share a comradery that is second to none. And, organizations such as Next-Step Inbound are a resource that you – as a current or prior service member – fought hard to earn.