Ali HoffmanMarch 27, 2024March 27, 2024hillaryobrien
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Boise State University | Veterans Upward Bound

I served in the US Navy as a Corpsman for nearly six years with assignments in Washington, California, and Japan. I’ve been working in some form of healthcare services since I was fifteen years old, and knew I wanted to stay in that line of work. From my experience working in Naval hospitals and clinics, I knew I wanted to focus on pediatrics or labor and delivery. After I separated from the Navy, my husband and I moved to Idaho, but I didn’t know where to begin my journey to become a nurse. While attending the Women’s Veterans of Idaho Conference, I met the Education Coordinator from Veterans Upward Bound at Boise State University who helped start me on my path.

I was nervous to restart college based on my first experience eight years ago, but the VUB team helped me navigate the system and introduced me to on-campus resources at Boise State University. They gave me a tour of the campus, showed me where my classrooms would be, and introduced me to the Veterans Services Center where I got help with my GI Bill educational benefits. I also really benefited by working with the math and science tutors at VUB. They did a great job helping me to refresh my skills, fill in the gaps, and were thorough and patient in explaining new concepts. Thanks to TRIO and VUB, I’m off to a great start to my college career. I even made the Dean’s List my first semester here!