Wow! We are already at 60%! We are over half way there after only a week! Thank you to everyone who has shared and contributed up to this point! We are so grateful that people are engaging and willing to provide support to help veterans at Boise State obtain their degree, but there is still lots of work left to do! Please remember to make a gift to our project if you haven’t already, and please keep sharing!
Fighting Impostor Syndrome
Another barrier to success for many new student veterans is impostor syndrome. Veterans had been fulfilling their missions and completing operations for the last many years. Transitioning to calculus, term papers, and research can be an absolute struggle. It takes time and a lot of work to get back in the swing of things, but it also requires encouragement. When sitting amongst peers in class who have been doing coursework for the last 12 years it can feel like you do not belong. It can feel like you are not smart enough to be here because everyone else understands the material just fine.
PAVE advisers know that they will understand the material and that it just takes time! It is not easy to get back into the academic mindset. By linking new students with senior students, they not only have a resource at hand but they can see that they do belong here! Sharing those experiences amongst each other provides encouragement and evidence that they do belong and they will be successful! As student veterans ourselves, we have been there and we know how it feels! That shared connection and experience helps build strong bonds. When veterans continue their education, they not only belong but also excel! Veterans have a higher GPA than the national average (3.35 vs. 2.94), and have a higher graduation rate than similar non-traditional peers (Student Veterans of America, 2017). We have to make sure we are doing our best to keep them on campus and help them to succeed!