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Military Student Profile - Sarah Horak
Graduate Program: MBA
On campus or Distance student: On Campus
Branch of Service: North Dakota Air National Guard
Military Service - Start Year: 2004 End Year: 2010
Military Job: Maintenance Data Systems Analyst
Are you using the GI Bill or Tuition Assistance Program?
I am not currently using the GI Bill or Tuition Assistance for my graduate program. I did use both while I studied for my undergraduate degree at UND, which was in Financial Management.
To what degree did the GI Bill/ Tuition Assistance Program cover your school expenses?
During my undergrad, the GI Bill/Tuition Assistance paid for 100% of my tuition and helped supplement my expenses for books, rent, expenses, etc. Had I stayed in the National Guard, I would have received financial assistance for a portion of my master’s program as well.
What prompted you to return to school?
I decided to return to school to get my MBA because I wanted to further my education and make myself more appealing for future employment.
Was adjusting to university life a challenge after military life?
Since I was in the National Guard, my military life and educational life happened at the same time. My military responsibilities didn't interfere with my education responsibilities and vice versa. Both parties were more than flexible when there were activations.
What has your experience at UND been like?
My experience at UND has included meeting great educators and friends, participating in campus activities and also attending UND athletic events.
Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student? If so, how?
I do believe that my military experience has made me a better student because the military teaches you to be structured, which is very beneficial when you’re juggling several different classes.
What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
My advice would be to get organized before your classes start, stay ahead of the class schedules, and always communicate with your professor if you have questions or problems.
Any additional comments you would like to provide?
Taking your education to the graduate level can only help your career, so do the research about the graduate program you want to attend and if the situation is right for you, take the opportunity to use your GI Benefits and Tuition Assistance to help put yourself through grad school.
Learn more about the MBA program.
If you are an active military student or veteran student and would like to share your profile, contact Susan Caraher.