Three military-affiliated graduate students share their experiences transitioning back to campus life. Hear their stories and learn about the resources provided by The Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of Students.
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Born in Manila, the capital city of Philippines, and growing up in Los Angeles, Balmonte said he enjoys the slow pace of life in the Triangle. He also appreciates the University’s resources and top-notch faculty.
“Going through graduate school [can] be isolating…it’s important to have the opportunity to take a step back, go back to your support network, gain some perspective from that and refresh your brain in order for you to tackle again more challenges and opportunities,” Balmonte said.
During spring and summer 2016, two Gillings School doctoral students, Elizabeth Chen and Cristina Leos, along with a Yale colleague, Vichi Jagannathan, set themselves an ambitious goal – to talk to more than 150 middle-school students about sexuality, self-image, changing bodies and relationships with peers. You know – the easy stuff.
Eldrin Deas, an education consultant and former teacher, was awarded the 2016 Scott Morgan Award for demonstrating remarkable achievement in creating equity and opportunity for underserved students.
Deas has since become an education consultant and researcher, as well as a member of the education committee for My Brother’s Keeper Durham, where he is responsible for developing strategies to ensure boys and young men of color graduate high school.
The last five years have been quite busy for Professor Erika Young.
It could be said that Dr. Young’s journey to a doctoral degree began in 2009 when she moved to Morehead City to undertake laboratory and field studies full time at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.
New initiative welcomes military-affiliated graduate students to Carolina and helps them transition to academic life.
Military-affiliated students often face unique challenges in university life and graduate studies. As they expect, the culture of the military is very different from the culture of academia.
“At one time, graduate students were all undergraduates who were considering a graduate degree.”
Through the Summer Undergraduate Pipeline, The Graduate School works directly with summer undergraduate research programs to create connections and provide tools that help undergraduates make the transition to graduate careers.
Furthermore, Sewell, Horsford, Coleman and Watkins suggested that social workers have a responsibility to advocate for criminal justice reform and to help identify and holistically treat the trauma that Black individuals and their families may experience as a result of environmental stressors, including negative interactions with police or the perceived threat of such encounters.
Aisha Saad ’09, Vishwajith Sridharan ’14, and Heidi Vuletich were recently selected as recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This is the first time Carolina has had more than one person selected as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow in the same year.