Retired U.S. Army veteran Glenn Josephides pursued his life-long passion for automotive technology at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) by securing three associate degree programs in Automotive Technology with High Performance; Automotive Collision Repair Technology; and Advanced Marine Technology.
- What prompted you to return to school as an adult learner?
One simple phrase sums up why I returned to school after I retired from the Army. I’ve made it a life motto: ‘Life is a learning lesson: If you don’t learn something during the day; that was wasted.’
- Why did you choose New England Institute of Technology?
I’ve worked on cars as a hobbyist and tinkered with other types of equipment my whole life. I was self-taught and have never had formal or even informal guidance. New England Tech not only provided an opportunity for that formal instruction, but it also offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and not just Certificates of Training. The combination of lecture and hands-on application provides the ‘Full Spectrum of Learning.’
- What military education benefits, such as the GI Bill, did you use?
New England Tech is a Yellow Ribbon participant. I started at NEIT using the last of my Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30). Then used my Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) with the Yellow Ribbon.
- What has your experience been like as a student or alumnus?
As a ‘non-traditional’ student I’ve had a different set of challenges to overcome. The traditional student is fresh from a learning environment and typically has fewer responsibilities in life. My academic career has a different set of hurdles in addition to furthering my knowledge; fatherhood and homeownership to mention a couple. The instructors have been nothing short of magnificent. Their ability to instruct the complex material at levels to keep everyone challenged and yet not over-burdened is an art skill.
“Life is a learning lesson”
- What challenges did you have adjusting to campus culture after military life?
The challenge one faces during a transition from a structured to a non-structured way of life are unique. Timeliness, accountability, and responsibility are more exemplified in the military, plus there’s a level of efficiency in the military that’s not appreciated until it becomes void in your life.
- Do you believe your military experience made you a better student?
There’s absolutely no question that my military career has made me a better student! Time management, focus, and respect are only a few non-tangible lessons learned that have helped me through all of my aforementioned challenges during my academic career.
- What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
Be the example! Maintain your ‘military bearing.’ You’re looked to as a leader by your fellow students as well as by your instructors.
- Any additional thoughts?
My overall experience at New England Tech has been very fulfilling. All three degree programs have proven to be rewarding challenges. I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures are coming as I enter the next chapter of life……. Stay tuned J