Informational session on understanding student veterans

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Student veterans face different challenges than other Ball State students, and one veteran wants to educate those not in the military through her presentation, “Understanding and Welcoming Student Veterans.”


April Krowel will present from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center room 301. She hopes to help people better understand the different struggles veterans face. 


“There’s an influx of veterans on campuses,” she said. “More than likely people interact with veterans whether they know it or not.” 


Krowel’s presentation will go more in-depth on challenges such as transitioning to college, campus navigation and social challenges. 


“I’m trying to give a well-rounded perspective of what it’s like to be a student veteran in hopes that it can help those who interact with them,” she said. 


The session will be a combination of seminar-style learning with some activities and discussion. 


Krowel said it’s important for people to be knowledgeable about this topic. 


“There are high dropout rates for student veterans,” she said. “Not having that supportive environment is possibly one of those causes that are going on.”


Krowel served in an Army military police unit and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. 


Ball State has about 200 veterans on campus.

 


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