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Succeeding in School
Once you’re on campus and enrolled in classes, it’s important to stay focused, stay organized, and maintain a balance between school, work, and time with your family and friends. It can be challenging for anyone who is going back to school to be successful, but juggling class schedules, reading assignments, registration forms, and outside activities can be particularly difficult for someone living with a TBI. This section of our site includes strategies, tips, and personal stories from other veterans to help you succeed as you head back to school.
"I look back at my years in college and graduate school and think, wow, if I had just used disability services, my life would have been a lot easier," says Kelli Gary, PhD.
Think of emotional resilience as armor for the mind, push-ups for the brain.
There’s never going to be a perfect time to start saving. The important thing is to start, and you don’t need lots of cash to do so.
No one wants to feel like a slacker or be perceived as one. Adam shares some excellent advice about how to get necessary accommodations with the help of the school's administration and professors.
Here are some valuable resources that can help veterans with TBI succeed as they transition from military to student life.
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Karen Gross, who served as a senior policy advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, writes about the opportunities and challenges facing returning veterans when
If extra time on a test or memory aids can make life easier during college, why not use them? Adam talks about moving past the "stigma" of using disability services and getting the help you need to succeed in college.
Transitioning from military to civilian life can take time and can be tricky. Adam talks about how student veteran groups on college campuses can help vets reintegrate socially in their own way and time.
Dr. Heechin Chae says most people with TBI can return to school but may have to develop new ways to study and learn.
For service members and veterans with ongoing symptoms from a traumatic brain injury, going back to school can come with its own set of challenges. This guide will help.
Receiving service-related disability compensation does not interfere with the funds veterans receive from the GI Bill, explains Adam.
Returning to school as a veteran — especially with a brain injury — can be difficult. Adam suggests strategies like starting slowly or taking a smaller course load that balances better with work and life.
Whether taking classes online or finding a seat in a lecture hall that makes you feel safe, Adam shares ideas for vets with TBI and PTSD returning to school.
Adam talks about how easy it is to set up the accommodations you may need when in college with a TBI or PTSD by first getting documentation from your doctor.
The military provides three meals a day, shelter, uniforms, and a structured schedule. The civilian side does not. Adam talks about what to be aware of when transitioning from military to civilian life.
Adam shares his story of how polytrauma care at the VA changed his life after brain injury, including the unintended consequence of wanting to return to college.
Adam knows from experience that using any accommodations in college for brain injury or other injuries is always confidential, so veterans returning to college need not worry.
Adam shares his experience of returning to school twice, the second time equipped with strategies and tools to help with his brain injury. "The experiences were night and day," he says.
Resources for veterans going to college — from getting started to money matters.
This manual offers a great deal of good information for service members and veterans who want to return to college.
Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD explains how the use of imaginal or behavioral rehearsals helps service members and veterans find strategies to overcome their obstacles.
For veterans who head to school after their service, traumatic brain injury can be an especially difficult diagnosis.
Veterans bring uncommon skills, experiences and resilience to college life; they sometimes also carry with them physical, mental, and social vulnerabilities.
In 1990, Kelli Gary fell asleep at the wheel and sustained a severe brain injury. Along a bumpy but ultimately successful path, Dr. Gary earned her bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and a PhD.
In college after her brain injury, Kelli Gary, PhD determined her major then worked diligently and resourcefully to succeed in getting her degree.
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