Villanova University | Computer Engineering
Marine Corps | Korean Cryptologic Linguist
My name is Mark Griego, and I am originally from Carson, CA, or the greater Los Angeles area. I first enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2012, at the age of 21. I enlisted and signed as a Korean Cryptologic Linguist and SIGINT Operator. I was with 3rd Radio Battalion on MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and did one rotation with III MEF on the 31st MEU. Currently, I am an undergraduate at Villanova University, pursuing my bachelor’s in Computer Engineering. Following my EAS, I moved into the area, and Villanova was the first school I set my sights on. Our basketball team won their second National Championship in 3 years only shortly after making my decision. This definitely reinforced my decision to attend Villanova.
I found myself getting involved early at the local community college prior to attending Villanova. My goal was for us to become an official Student Veterans of America chapter, which was accomplished. The second goal was to build relationships with incoming veterans to build a small community of like-minded individuals. This, too, was a success. I wanted to ensure that local veterans and veterans that were not form the area, like myself, had a second family to turn to. It was important to me that these individuals were allotted the same network, resources, and opportunities as every other veteran around the country. In the midst of this, I also got to meet some great friends and built relationships that will last a lifetime.
My goal at Villanova is to accomplish the same exact thing. We are a growing veteran population and recently became an official Student Veterans of America chapter. I believe it is our duty as veterans to continue that mentality of “never leaving a buddy behind.” There is a substantial amount of untapped potential in the military and more than enough individuals that possess the intellectual capacity required to attend prestigious universities. With this in mind, I am excited to bring in more of that untapped potential with my fellow associates here at Next Step Inbound and create opportunities that some who may have felt were out of their reach.