Warrior-Scholar Project Community College Veteran Spotlight: Sean Leonhardy

Sean Leonhardy, U.S. Navy veteran

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Sean Leonhardy

What was your educational experience prior to WSP? Would you consider yourself a confident student?

I had completed some college prior to WSP. I would not consider myself to be a confident student—my course through academia has been characterized by learning lessons through mistakes made.

Had you participated in any sort of virtual learning before? If so, how does your WSP experience compare to that?

My WSP experience was novel, as I attended WSP's one-day community college session. While I have taken online courses, I had not participated in a virtual learning environment which was intended to be completed through face-to-face interaction. My WSP experience was head and shoulders above my previous virtual learning experiences.

Were you excited to participate in this WSP Community College Workshop?

I was both excited to participate and nervous about what the workshop was going to involve. I should not have been nervous at all!

What have you learned so far that you think will be helpful as you pursue your degree?

WSP taught specific, applied skills and techniques. I don't label them as "study" or "time management" skills because they were general competencies that less advantaged students may not have been taught—the analytical reading unit is one example of a shared skill that I have leveraged in my studies this quarter.

What was your favorite take away from the workshop?

That there is so much more WSP has to share; the day-long workshop showed itself to be the tip of WSP's iceberg. The Community College Workshop was accessible, welcoming, and provided a host of immediately useful skills. It grew my interest in applying for and, hopefully, attending one of WSP's full courses.

What are your educational goals? Are you currently enrolled in school?

I am currently enrolled at a community college where I am completing my associate's degree for transfer. I aim to complete my bachelor's degree at a competitive university—though the areas of interest in my studies are largely intersectional, and make it challenging to declare a particular major! I aspire to complete further education beyond that, though I have continued to vacillate between the prospect of pursuing further education in a specific area of expertise, or to pursue a JD that will allow me to accomplish my vision through a different track of professional education.

Is WSP having any effect on how confident you feel as a student?

The most significant piece of knowledge that I took away from WSP's Community College Workshop was that I was not alone in the boat that I have found myself in. There are many veterans out there who want to grow their skills, connections, and knowledge that they may better both themselves and their communities through it. WSP has helped me to see that, and has helped me to grow my confidence as a student accordingly.

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