Veteran Student Spotlight: Brian Wolfe
Ohio University has over 5,000 military affiliated students currently enrolled at Ohio University along with countless veteran faculty and administrators. For seven consecutive years, Ohio University has been recognized by G.I.Jobs as a "Military-Friendly School". This designation is limited to the top 15% of schools in the nation.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we want to shine the spotlight on one of our Veteran students, Brian Wolfe. Learn more about Brian’s background and what lead him to pursue his education with Ohio University Lancaster in the Q&A below.
Can you share with us your background and tell us about your time serving in the Marine Corps?
I joined the Marine Corps in 2015 and became a Mortarman in 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. By the end of my time in service I was a Squad Leader in 81's platoon, Weapons Company. I deployed to Australia in 2017 and Syria in 2018-2019. During my time I was stationed in Twentynine Palms, California. Twentynine Palms is the desert training center for the Marine Corps and is located within a 3-hour radius of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
How do you think serving in the Marine Corps has prepared you for college and your future?
During my time serving I was fortunate to see a lot of good things and a lot of not so good things. I was able to see how people live in different parts of the world, from a first world country to a third world country. These experiences and the people I met helped me grow to the person I am today and made me conscious of the world around us. The Marine Corps also improved my leadership skills and how to deal with adversity. Dealing with adversity is something we are all facing right now, and I am very fortunate to have that experience.
What are you studying and what are your hopes for your future career?
I am currently a Sophomore in the Law Enforcement Technology Program and will be continuing to obtain my bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Once I graduate, I will look to be employed in a State or Federal Law Enforcement Agency.
What lead you to enrolling with Ohio University Lancaster?
I have been drawn to Ohio University because it has always been part of the family. Even though I am a first-generation student, my dad has worked at Ohio University for a long time, and my wife's family are all bobcats. Ohio University has been one of the best education institutions for veterans and it shows. They really take care of veterans. I was discharged in August 12, 2019, one-week before classes started. The Admissions team and Nate Thomas were so helpful and accommodating to me that even though I had to move back to Ohio from California in one week I had no worries about school.
To learn more about becoming a Bobcat, what veteran benefits are available, and more, please schedule an appointment with our Student Services team.