After high school, Tina Wong enlisted in the Army, where she served for four years. Following her service, she enrolled in community college and then transferred to Stanford University, but she never considered herself a confident student.
"Rave reviews" from friends about Warrior-Scholar Project led Tina to enroll in a virtual all-women’s humanities boot camp with Yale University. Among the many highlights: the tremendous sense of belonging and unique growth opportunity to learn in a cohort of other women vets, the structure and support provided, and pragmatic study skills, such as learning how to effectively “fast-” and “slow-read” a passage, or how to construct a strong argument. “The pace was intense," she says, "but the intentions behind the course invited us to embrace the challenge [.]"
As a non-traditional student, Tina values the additional years of context she and her peers could apply to better explore history and re-visit the foundations of democracy -- particularly as a veteran. Discussing topics such as national unity, or the military-civilian divide was, she said, "especially meaningful" in an all-women cohort.