Student Spotlight 2023: Roslyn Grizzard, U.S. Navy

Tell us about yourself.

I am from Missouri City, Texas, and I served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves as a hospital corpsman. More specifically, I was an advanced X-ray technologist. I joined the Navy to gain some skills and for the education benefits. A fun fact about me is that I have a son who also served in the Navy and was a hospital corpsman as well! He was stationed at the same hospital I was stationed at when he was in elementary school in Hampton Roads. We are now both healthcare professionals today at the same hospital in Texas.

Why did you decide to participate in WSP this summer, and was there a shift in your confidence level from the first day of the course to the last day?

I attended Warrior-Scholar Project on two separate occasions. First, in 2022, when I went through the humanities and STEM course at the University of Chicago, and again in 2023, at the University of Southern California, where I attended their business course. I attended the business course at USC because I knew nothing about business. I’ve been in healthcare since separating from active duty, and I felt I could learn enough about it during the boot camp. I also wanted the academic immersion experience to gear me up for school in the fall. Before that, I had completed 98% of an associate’s degree at a local community college and about 75% of a degree in health information management at an online university.

My confidence level on day one was okay but shaky. I had experienced a previous boot camp in 2022, but in areas I knew. The business boot camp was a new experience, and I did not know what to expect this time. By the end of the course, I felt pretty good about myself. I knew how to do the basic work for a pitch, and I had the basic knowledge to write a founder’s story. I definitely had more confidence on the last day.

What were some key insights you gained during your course, and what is your biggest takeaway?

One key insight I gained was understanding how the soft skills and teamwork I learned while on active duty made me open to the process and less inhibited about making mistakes; it is all a learning process. I now know that I possess the stamina and aptitude to tackle courses from major institutions of higher learning.

My biggest takeaway was understanding the importance of using the resources available to me. That includes office hours, labs, and any invitations to learn more. I also learned that a professor can be an ally and not this scary figure who just hands out grades.

In one word, How would you describe your overall experience?

Enriching!

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