Catherine Draves

Cornell University | Industrial Labor Relations

Navy | Master-at-Arms


About Catherine:

Originally from upstate New York, I enlisted in the Navy immediately after graduating from high school in 2009. After spending almost seven years on active duty service, I left to pursue my dream of attending college. I enrolled at SUNY Broome Community College and earned an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies with high honors while working full-time as a litigation paralegal.

I had initially planned on transferring to Binghamton University. However, I happened to meet someone who attended school at Cornell University and convinced me to apply. At the time, I really didn’t think that applying to an Ivy League School was reasonable or realistic. After much cajoling, I applied to the Cornell University ILR School and William and Mary without any expectations of success. Much to my surprise, I got into every school that I applied to and am currently in the process of applying to law school.

As a first-generation college student, navigating the educational system was challenging because I had no perspective with respect to my actual value or what to expect from college in general. As such, I am committed to helping fellow veterans realize their potential. I continue to serve in the Navy Reserves and have been affiliated with the Navy for a total of 10 years.

Catherine’s Posts:

Navigating Early Admission

The college admissions process can be confusing and intimidating for those who are unfamiliar with it. As a first-generation college student, I had no idea how the application cycle worked or how I would stack up against other applicants. Luckily, I made it through the process and now have the privilege to be able to …

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Cornell University Announces Extension for Test-Optional Policy

On Monday, Cornell University announced that it will extend its current temporary SAT/ACT test-optional policy for freshmen applicants during the 2022 application cycle. Freshmen applicants are those who have completed 12 credits of coursework or below. The extension will apply to both regular and early applicants. Students who have taken the test can choose whether …

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How to Pay for College Without Using Your GI Bill; New York Naval Militia and Guard Education Benefits

Whether your strategy is to conserve your GI Bill benefits for graduate or professional school, you are ineligible for full benefits as a reservist, or you are looking for supplemental funding for private school, you may be seeking alternative ways to finance your undergraduate degree. Utilizing the generous educational benefits offered by The Recruitment Incentive …

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