Catherine Draves

Cornell University | Industrial Labor Relations

Navy | Master-at-Arms

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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:


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

Cornell University Announces Fall 2020 Plan

               Cornell University announced today that its Ithaca Campus, Weill Cornell, and Cornell Agritech in Geneva will be adopting a hybrid model combining online and in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. The University further announced that online options would be available for those unable to return to campus. Classes are set to begin onContinue reading “Cornell University Announces Fall 2020 Plan”

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