Meet Aaron Patin

Age – 28

Hometown – New Orleans, Louisiana

Branch of Service – Army

University enrolled to or attending – Catholic University of America

How has or did the VUB program benefit you in your success as a student?

The VUB provided a good nexus point to get in contact with different resources for my academic journey and made the whole process much more seamless. It was a perfect catalyst for my academic future.

Did the VUB program have a positive impact on your academic journey?

Yes… I’m actually getting paid to go to school! It made the process more straightforward and less stressful. It makes it so much easier to focus on not just surviving in college but thriving.

In what other ways was VUB helpful to you?

It’s helped me in so many ways. The people of VUB were great stress relievers. For me, the office is a place of ‘therapy’ for lack of a better term where I can let off some steam. It was a haven to get away from all the craziness of the younger people on campus that I wasn’t able to connect with. Overall, VUB was the place where I got to meet like-minded people and really was a true place of empathy.

What would you say to a fellow veteran who is considering going back to or starting school? Would you recommend they work with VUB? If yes, how and why?

I’d say to take the leap of faith! Things really do get easier. And I would definitely recommend VUB to a fellow veteran since it’s such a good stepping stone, both academically and emotionally. I couldn’t have done it without them.

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