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Tom DeCosta

Tom DeCosta is an Instructor in BFIT's Electrical Technology department. He has been working in the electrical industry for over 30 years and is a Journeyman and Master Electrician.

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Why veterans make great college students

Posted by Tom DeCosta on Jun 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

In my time at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), I have been proud to help recruit and educate exceptional college students who are also veterans. As a veteran myself, it fills me with pride to see the young men and women who are exiting today’s military and entering the college ranks.

From my firsthand experience, veterans make excellent college students, and often lead the pack due to the experience they acquired while in the service. From the moment recruits enter basic training, they are shaped into responsible young men and women. This maturity carries on into their service as they face increased responsibilities.

Once enrolled in college, veterans have already developed the maturity and discipline to approach their education – experience that some high school students lack when they enter college. For a veteran, many of these issues have been dealt with already and successfully overcome.


From my firsthand experience, veterans make excellent college students due to the experience they acquire while in the service.


Veteran students have also faced difficult challenges while serving our nation. Some may have even encountered life and death situations. Their experience in overcoming these challenges prepares them to approach difficult times during college. Even when things are rough academically, veteran students seem to possess a certain calm about themselves. 

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