Updated: Sep 10, 2020
Jacob Travis, U.S. Marine Corps veteran
What was your educational experience prior to WSP? Would you consider yourself a confident student?
I just completed my freshman year at the Community College of Rhode Island with a 3.83 GPA, and I am an Honors Program student and president of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO). I worked hard but lacked confidence. My transition from the Marine Corps was not an easy one. I had to overcome obstacles and learn new healthy ways to cope. I was very nervous because I felt I did not possess the foundation needed to be successful in a college environment. WSP showed me the great value we as student veterans bring to the classroom. I am going back to school in the fall with a new more confident and positive outlook on my education.
Had you participated in any sort of virtual learning before? If so, how does your WSP experience compare to that?
WSP did a great job switching to a solely online modality in a smooth and efficient manner. I had been struggling to adapt to my school’s virtual curriculum and I began questioning my abilities to perform as a student. I was worried that I would not have the chance to attend a WSP program this summer due to COVID-19 but WSP stuck to their word and made sure I was able to complete two weeks at the University of Notre Dame. The Warrior-Scholar Project showed me how to effectively engage and learn in a classroom and furthermore, in a virtual environment. WSP’s Fellows did a top-notch job facilitating and hosting this cohort in its virtual setting.
Why were you excited to participate in WSP this summer?
I was excited to participate in WSP this summer because I had heard from other WSP Alumni about how the program had helped them become more efficient students by applying the specific learning strategies and techniques WSP has to offer.
What have you learned so far that you think will be helpful as you pursue your degree?
Analytical Reading: Assess, Analyze, Annotate. MEAL plan, how to write a powerful introduction, conclusion, reverse outlining, the importance of signaling verbs.
What were you looking forward to learning during Business week?
I was looking forward to diving into marketing, communications, project management, and entrepreneurship. I was also looking forward to learning a new process for how to be successful as an entrepreneur and in the world of business.
What was your business project, and what did you learn from that experience?
During the business week, my group designed a Real Estate Syndicate. Our goal was to create an opportunity for people with an income ranging from $50,000-$200,000 annually to invest their hard-earned capital into real estate without the hassle of dealing with banks and institutions where there is not an established relationship or trust. Throughout the course of the business week, I learned new ways to interact and participate in a group setting. WSP Is a competitive environment in which you will be challenged to think outside of the box and sometimes on the spot. Being in a group environment with other like-minded student veterans was very refreshing. We met each other with respect, open-mindedness and new ideas. I think I can honestly say I learned at least one thing from each student that participated in this program with me. Over the two weeks the students who participated came together to form a common bond I learned that there is a process for everything, especially in business.
Are there any instructors or fellows who have made a difference for you at WSP?
Professor Capdeville from the University of Notre Dame Writing Center had a huge impact on my experience at WSP. Professor Cap shed a ton of useful writing insight as well as strong encouragement and reassurance on us. Having that reassurance from a Notre Dame professor has shown me that I can perform on a higher level academically. Professor Capdeville proved to me that with the right guidance my academic possibilities are limitless.
Is WSP having any effect on how confident you feel as a student?
After completing WSP I am way more confident in my abilities as a student and I am more motivated to apply my new learning strategies and techniques in class.