Warrior-Scholar Project Harvard 2020 Cohort Spotlight: Britney Domine and Oleg Pavliv

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Britney Domine, U.S. Navy veteran


Britney Domine
Britney Domine

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

I am currently going into my senior year at San Diego State University. I began taking college classes during my sophomore year of high school, did one year of college before deciding to join the Navy, and after six years of active duty, I went back to college in 2017.

I would say that I am confident in my ability to be successful, that as long as I am willing to put in the work, I can reap the rewards and achieve what I want as a student and in my future career.

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

I have participated in virtual learning as SDSU began using Zoom in March when they decided to go online for our classes. I really enjoyed the WSP virtual experience and I think the short and long breaks really helped with trying to keep from getting that burnout of staring at a computer screen all day.


Why were you excited to participate in WSP this summer?

I was excited to participate because I really wanted to surround myself with successful student veterans and learn from them as well as give my own insights into being a college student and a veteran. I knew it was going to be challenging but I was enthusiastic about learning skills to become a better and more successful student.


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

I have learned that it’s okay that I didn’t go the same path as some of my fellow classmates and that not everyone goes straight from high school to college and to a career. That my time as an active-duty sailor and my life experience is valued by both professors and students and that I have as much to give as I have to learn from them.


What was your favorite session, and why?

I really loved the lectures and seminars with the professors. It made me feel like I really was in a Harvard class.  Knowing how prestigious the institution is and how the professors are the top in their field made me feel very confident in myself for being able to participate.


Are there any instructors or fellows who have made a difference for you at WSP?

As a fellow, Eric really made me feel like I was still welcome in the program even as a student veteran who is a little further along in their education than most WSP participants. He was very encouraging and I appreciated feeling like he genuinely wanted me and all of the participants to succeed and that he will be a constant ally. All three professors--Hansen, Kloppenberg, and Monaghan--were so welcoming and encouraging in all of our educational pursuits. I greatly appreciated that they treated us as students who have the caliber to be in an Ivy-League class and didn’t “dumb” anything down.


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

I would say that WSP has given me confidence in my educational pursuits by giving me various resources such as books and multiple points of contact to reach out to with any questions or guidance needs. I also feel confident that I have an entire network of people to reach out to. I now know that my military experience is valued as a student and that I can take those experiences and channel my strengths into my school work and go on to anywhere I want, even an Ivy League.


Oleg Pavliv, U.S. Army veteran