Prospective Students

‚Äč10 Lessons Learned From the Graduating Class of 2015-16

  1. Benefits: Stay on top of your educational benefits and resubmit them every semester to the Certifying Official (VA@uga.edu).
  2. Mentors: Seek out mentorships with professionals in your field. The knowledge you can gain will significantly impact your experience at the University and throughout your life.
  3. Networking: Veterans at UGA are high performing individuals. So are the majority of the other students. If you’re not networking with everybody around you, you’re doing yourself a disservice; they may be the future movers and shakers of the world, so network with them! 
  4. Adjustment: Congratulations! As many before you, you likely just transferred from a much smaller college to a tier-one research university. There’s an average eight-week adjustment period for the elevated levels of rigor and classwork, so plan accordingly. Be sure not to completely fill your plate your first semester here and take some time to fully adapt to the size and style of the classes and the campus itself.
  5. Internships: Be as proactive as possible in securing internships and training for future employment. Try to secure these even before you think you’re “ready.”
  6. Timing: Employers typically recruit the majority of their interns and full-time employees for summer during fall semester of the previous year. Go to the career fairs and actively seek out opportunities. The time involved with this process is practically an additional class, so structure your schedule accordingly.
  7. Engagement: The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of your college experience. Try to make time for some of the extracurricular activities on campus. With more than 800 clubs and organizations, there is literally something for everyone. You’re never going to get some of the opportunities like this again – go join a debate team, learn to sail, further your knowledge in your field of study, support a cause, do something…
  8. Student Veterans Association (SVA): The SVA provides a strong base of seasoned student veterans. They’ve been in your exact same shoes with the exact same situations. Make time for the SVA meetings and functions and network with the fellow veterans.
  9. Culture: It’s a different veteran culture here, and you’re likely surrounded by fellow student veterans that are much more forward looking than many at smaller four-year colleges. Don’t be surprised when your fellow vets don’t want to sit back and swap “war stories.” Their experiences are part of who they are, but it’s typically not what they’re putting their focus into becoming.
  10. Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC): There always seem to be interesting opportunities floating in and out of the office and there’s significantly less military jabber than what people assume. Further, in a fast-paced academic environment, simple problems quickly compound into wickedly complex issues. Visit the SVRC at the first sign of trouble.