Kaedy Puckett

University of Chicago | Comparative Human Development

Navy | Cryptologic Linguist

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About Kaedy:

Hi, I’m Kaedy, and I am proud to represent the University of Chicago as an NSI Associate. I grew up in Huntsville, AL, and worked as a makeup artist prior to joining the U.S. Navy at age 25. I served ten years in the Navy as a Cryptologic Linguist (CTI), Aircrewman, and Instructor. I received my Associate’s in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute then deployed to the Mediterranean and Afghanistan with Special Operations Command, after which I headed to Chicago as an instructor and International Military Training Officer.

I separated in July of 2019 and was selected for a scholarship to the University of Chicago as part of their inaugural veteran cohort. I am an incoming Sophomore —majoring in Comparative Human Development— and I plan to go into human capital strategy or consulting. Prior to matriculation, I attended Warrior-Scholar Project at Syracuse in 2017; Next Step- Transition to Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2018; and FourBlock Veteran Transition Program in Chicago in 2018.

I am a founder and President of the UChicago Veteran Scholars League (SVA Chapter) and very passionate about advocating for veterans. I am always more than happy to answer any questions about transition, the VA disability process, vets in higher ed, networking, and life on campus. My boyfriend Jon and I live with our very large, furry dog, Loki, in Chicago. I am an avid plant, makeup, and fashion lover, and in my free time, I love stand-up paddleboarding, camping, and spending time with my family in WY.


Kaedy’s Posts:


War as Livelihood: Military Service as a Means of Socioeconomic Mobility via Higher Education

I am writing this essay with reference to literary works that I encountered—in the form of assigned readings—for a course I recently completed as a student at a prestigious university. How I came to be a student at this university is that I served in the United States military. I served in the military because …

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The University of Chicago’s Holistic Approach to Veteran Services

Former enlisted military veterans are not traditionally who one might expect to find in attendance at a top-tier university. In fact, most enlisted folks themselves wouldn’t even consider it a possibility. Fortunately, there has been a major shift over the last decade, both in how veterans envision their future in higher education and in how …

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