Military Veteran Phillip Kauffman – American National University Graduate

Military Veteran Phillip Kauffman – American National University Graduate

September 2, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Phillip Kauffman. I am an eight
year Marine Corps. veteran. I received my bachelor’s in business management from the
Harrisonburg campus. Uh, I joined in December of 2004. Uh, in reserves, which is not as
much one weekend a month as the posters make it out to be. I deployed in ’07 and was gone
for, uh- it was supposed to be a nine month deployment- in the eighth month I got hurt
and returned home for a few surgeries. Uh, and then I was active duty for about a year
and a half while I was recovering from my surgeries and, uh, shortly after that’s when,
you know, I really got to , uh, to try to planning a career path. Along with, uh, the
G.I. Bill – which I just used teh G.I. bill, uh, when I first started- and then when I
bumped up to three classes a term I started to use the Blue Ribbon Grant as well. Uh,
which covered all my books. and it- the best thing I can say about national is how Veteran-friendly
they are. Um, I really had no out of pocket expenses my entire time. Um, you know, between
grants that took over where the G.I. bill left off. Uh, and just made things a lot easier.
It gave me kinda more of a incentive to go to school. As far as transferring credits
here at national, um, one thing I- I had originally started my college education at JMU and I
went for a semester and then got deployed, so it kinda changed tracks for me a little
bit there. And then ,uh, once I came here, the credits I did get from JMU automatically
transferred over through the help of the staff, but they were very knowledgeable as far as
telling me what- what I could substitute for credits. Um, and a lot of the training I has
received in the military as far as there were financial classes that we were required to
take through the Marines that actually transfer as college credits. So, I was able to , uh,
to get those transcripts and transfer them here and then, um, it was explained to me
about the life credits. Um, you know, you take a life experience and you apply it to,
uh, learning objectives from a class and provided you meet all of those learning objectives,
it takes the place of a class. uh, which was very helpful. I was pretty much on a tight
time table, uh , because after I re-enlisted there was a deployment on its way, which,
uh, would have fell right before graduating. And I didn’t want to have to come- you know
when I came home- to have to come back to school for one credit.
My accounting classes. I really wasn’t that big on accounting when I first heard of it,
but, uh, I had a teacher – Chris Balderson- uh, who was just great- a great teacher all
around and I really feel like I got a better grasp of accounting through him. Um, that’s
his actual profession outside of teaching. Um a- he incorporated a lot of real life scenarios
where you – you were able to grasp the concepts a little bit more. My name is Phillip Kauffman
and I received my degree of difference from American National University.