Student Veteran Peer Mentors

Student Veteran Peer Mentors

William Noundou

William Noundou

willsoft2002@gmail.com

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Home State
Republic of Cameroon
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force & U.S. Navy
Degree
Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering – Florida International University
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
Utilize the services of the Military & Veteran Success Center - It is well known that student veterans have special sets of challenges. I feel very lucky to have upon my arrival at UNL met the awesome staff of the Military and Veteran Service Center because they are truly helping in making these challenges very easy to overcome.
I was born and raised in Cameroon for a good part of my life before I moved to Florida. I lived in Florida for almost 10 years before moving to Lincoln. I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force stationed in Homestead, Florida. I am currently a beneficiary of the United State Navy Health Collegiate Scholarship Program (HCSP) which enables me to study entomology here at UNL as a graduate student and attend the NAVY Officer Development School. I really enjoy travelling, watching movies whenever I can and also I am a big fan of volleyball.
Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Brown.Nicholas.G@gmail.com

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Home Town
Good ol’ Lincoln, Nebraska
Branch of Service
Veteran – United States Marine Corps
Degree
Criminal Justice & Criminology
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
To get involved in something at the school besides the schoolwork. I think we all have a tendency to want to keep our heads down, keep to the background, and get through it all. I'm very grateful that someone reached out to me to get involved with the MVSC, I'm not sure I would have found it on my own, and my college experience would have been very different. I cannot stress enough how much getting involved just a little bit has helped me. I've met some great guys and gals through the MVSC, and my other Student Organizations, and together we have this effect where we pull each other through. One of the biggest things I miss about the Corps is the sense of camaraderie, and I've found some of that here. College isn't just about classes, it’s a chance to DO something you've never done before. UNL has a plethora of opportunities, get out there and try something.
I just got out of the Marine Corps after 5 years and am happy to be back in my hometown. I've developed a running habit, and find myself exploring the trails around town just about every weekend. I'm trying to ride my bike every day to campus instead of driving. I try to reserve a little time in my day to watch a good film, show, or play a game (if it has rules, and somebody wins I'm interested). If I'm not in class you can generally find me at the gym, in the Student Veterans Organization office or the Military & Veteran Success Center. I'm always happy to talk to a friend or someone new!
Nathanial Cox

Nathanial Cox

nathaniel.cox@huskers.unl.edu

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Home State
Nebraska
Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree & College
Geography/Political Science & Global Studies (Minor in Russian)
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
about the various resources that are available at UNL when I arrived on campus.
I enjoy traveling, meeting people and experiencing new things. I’m active in outdoor activities, golfing, biking and hunting. I am involved with the IC Scholars of Academic Excellence, the Pi Sigma Alpha-Political Science Honor Society, the Gamma Theta Upsilon-Geography Honor Society and the Big Red Ski and Snowboard Club. I’m a HUGE HUSKER Football Fan and Green Bay Packers! I believe it is important to stay mentally strong, make the best out of every situation, and to especially never give up on yourself.
Samantha Garcia

Samantha Garcia

samanthabrancart@hotmail.com

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Home State
Nebraska
Branch of Service
U.S. Army National Guard
Degree & College
Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
about how to get my GI Bill and tuition assistance options.
I am involved in different organizations across campus from Phi Mu - social sorority, Delta Sigma Pi – professional business fraternity, French Club and the Hospitality Student Development Organization. I serve on the ASUN (Association of student of the University of Nebraska) Committee for Diversity and Inclusion serving as the veteran and Military rep. I am also a Resident Assistant on campus so I’m on campus all the time.
In my free time, you can find me in the center talking to Deb or Darrell. I also enjoy running, going to the rec and playing video games. I had an internship at the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France and enjoy traveling. I lived in Europe for 10 years so I think that’s where it came from.
Niko Gavino

Niko Gavino

niko.gavino@gmail.com

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Home Town
Snohomish, Washington
Branch of Service
U.S. Army Reserves
Degree
Criminal Justice & Criminology
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
That the information you find online about the opportunities UNL offers barely scratches the surface of just how well UNL sets their students up to succeed. Also, I wish I would have known that there is always someone on campus to help you in every aspect of life.
I came to UNL to pursue my BA in Criminology with the intent to go to Law school thereafter. I also came to transition from the Army Reserves as a PSYOP specialist into the historic ROTC program on campus to commission as an active duty officer. Outside the classroom, I work in UNL's student accounts office as a work-study student. I also love going to work out at the rec centers UNL has to offer (if you like a quieter gym, go to East Campus Rec!) and exploring the state of Nebraska. I have an absolute passion for helping others in any way possible and I actively seek out to meet new people to broaden my perspective. Finally, I absolutely love exchanging "punny" jokes.
Raymond Holliday

Raymond Holliday

raymondholliday@yahoo.com

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Home State
California
Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree
English/History
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
To summarize the broad experience here at UNL, the key is networking. Ways to do that in less annoying, stressful, or overall lame ways is in groups you feel comfortable with, or can relate to.
  • First place to find networking and benefit support is the M&VSC. The Success Center is home to Deb (certifying official, benefits), Barb (VA liaison), and Darrell (the big dog).
  • Second place is the Student Veteran Organization. We do fun stuff, I promise. (Shameless plug).
  • Third, go to the writing center for all your papers, it doesn’t hurt to turn “A” work into “A+.” Find places to study successfully. http://libraries.unl.edu/places-study
  • On a personal note; welcome to UNL. The UNL Campus Rec, with locations on both City and East Campus, hosts a wide variety of involvement and entertainment. Networking happens on the court and the field too! Check out the gyms, city campus climbing facility, and weight room on either campus.
  • Start vetting your professors from day one! You are paying to attend school at UNL, earn the best experience; develop relationships with professors you work well with. They will help you down the road as your degree concentration becomes more focused. This is the precursor to professional networking, most professors are heavily invested in research and are connected in the outside world. Talk internship!
  • GET MORE MONEY FOR SCHOOL: Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ , visit the UNL Canfield Administration building- The Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid. You may qualify for free money in your pocket, not a loan, if you recently ended your active duty service, are unemployed, or if your tax information falls within the boundaries. Talk to Barb about scholarships from the military side, there are scholarships to apply for from the UNL side as well.
I enjoy lifting heavier weights, reading more books, and failing more math tests, than you. I’m SVO VP and CRAC member. During my 4 Corps years I was your friendly neighborhood S-4 clerk (Skating Olympics 2x finalist, 1x Gold medalist; TerminalLanceSquad).
Katie Howser

Katie Howser

howserkatie@yahoo.com

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Home State
Nebraska
Branch of Service
US Army Reserve
Major
Veterinarian Science, College of Agricultural, Sciences & Natural Resources
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
how to get involved with organizations on campus.
I’m currently the President of the Student Veterans Organization and I strive to make the college experience for veterans both worthwhile and enjoyable. I enjoy many outdoor activities including hunting, trap shooting, archery, hiking, and just about every sport.
Ariah Jamison

Ariah Jamison

ariahchristine@gmail.com

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Home State
Nebraska
Branch of Service
Military Dependent
Degree
Elementary Education; College of Education and Human Sciences
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
“Get organized for classes right away, it pays off!”
I was born on a military base in Oklahoma. I am the oldest of 3 girls. I enjoy listening to/writing music, going to concerts, and spending time with my family and friends. I am inspired by all of the role models put in my life, such as my parents and leaders of groups I'm involved with.
Jacob Post

Jacob Post

jpost690@gmail.com

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Home State
Nebraska
Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree
Elementary Education; College of Education and Human Sciences
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
“College isn't just about classes and grades. Branching out and being outside of your comfort-bubble is important and imperative to meet new people and establish unique and useful connections. Don't ever think you are alone because there are so many resources throughout campus to utilize, especially for Veterans!”
I am the current President of the Student Veterans Organization here at UNL, the youngest of three brothers, I am a Nebraska native all my life, my biggest passions are horses, outdoors/hunting and music. I am a loud and friendly person, don't hesitate to ask me about anything, any time!
Ty Sarvis

Ty Sarvis

tysarvis@yahoo.com

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Home State
Nebraska
Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree
Civil Engineering
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
to find an organization that shares your passion and be as involved as you can.
I am currently a Marine Corps Officer Candidate and will have completed six weeks of officer candidates school by the beginning the 2017 fall semester. I’m very active in groups around campus, from Engineers without borders to the UNL Barbell club, and enjoy getting to know new people whenever I can. I live for the great outdoors and I’ve always loved anything that has to do with athletics. I’m always glad to help with any issues people are having around campus. Everyone is bound to face adversity in there collage experience and outside of it, and developing mental toughness as well as a positive attitude is pivotal to success.