Princeton University | Political Theory
Marine Corps | Infantry Rifleman
My name is Sam Fendler, and I’m from Parsippany, New Jersey. I served in the Marine Corps for five years as an Infantry Rifleman and spent time with 3rd Battalion 9th Marines, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines, and, finally, with the Dugout Platoon at The Basic School where I became a Master Warfighting Instructor. My passion for teaching and learning blossomed during my time in the Dugout, and I brought this newfound energy with me to Penn State in the fall of 2016 after leaving active duty. Two years later, I matriculated at Princeton University as a member of the first cohort of students to be accepted into the University’s newly revived transfer program. Since then, I’ve focused much of my time and effort on helping the student veteran community at Princeton and beyond. I’m grateful that NSI has provided me with a new avenue to connect with veterans who are determined to study at our country’s best colleges. I’m looking forward to working with as many of you as possible!
“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 might …
“What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you get out, bro?”“Dude – I’m growing out my beard and getting a vet bod.”“Haha. That’s sick, man!” If you’ve spent any time around service members on their way out of the military, then you’ve heard this conversation before. Frankly, even if you have no intention of …