Syracuse University: Humanities and Business Academic Boot Camps

The above dates are tentative and subject to change.

Apply now to be part of our free business and entrepreneurship academic boot camp for veterans in partnership with Syracuse University!

The first week of the program is our humanities academic boot camp, which includes daily seminars taught by campus professors who are leaders in their field, readings and analysis of challenging texts on the tradition of American democracy, and morning discussions on each reading in preparation for seminars, writing workshops, and assignments.

The second week of this academic boot camp is the business and entrepreneurship program, which prepares students for the demands and challenges of a business-related undergraduate degree program with a focus on entrepreneurship. The program achieves this through daily seminars on the fundamentals of business degree programs, interactions with business leaders, and experiential learning opportunities such as a group entrepreneurship competition, negotiations, group problem-solving, business presentations, and utilizing business software.

The above dates are tentative and subject to change.

The first week of the program is our humanities academic boot camp, which includes daily seminars taught by campus professors who are leaders in their field, readings and analysis of challenging texts on the tradition of American democracy, and morning discussions on each reading in preparation for seminars, writing workshops, and assignments.

For the second week, participants can select either STEM or business and entrepreneurship academic boot camps.

The STEM academic boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a STEM bachelor’s degree program. Using a physics-based curriculum, veterans and service members will gain skills to help them succeed with their transition from the military to higher education.

The business and entrepreneurship academic boot camp prepares students for the demands and challenges of a business-related undergraduate degree program with a focus on entrepreneurship. This program includes daily seminars on the fundamentals of business degree programs, interactions with business leaders, and experiential learning opportunities such as a group entrepreneurship competition, negotiations, group problem-solving, business presentations, and utilizing business software.

*Humanities and STEM is an all-women cohort

*Humanities and Business is coed

Apply now to be part of our free two-week STEM academic boot camp for service members and veterans in partnership with Texas A&M University!

The first week of the program is our humanities academic boot camp, which includes daily seminars taught by campus professors who are leaders in their field, readings and analysis of challenging texts on the tradition of American democracy, and morning discussions on each reading in preparation for seminars, writing workshops, and assignments.

The second week prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a STEM bachelor’s degree program. Using a physics-based curriculum, veterans and service members will gain skills to help them succeed with their transition from the military to higher education.

During this two-week boot camp, students are taught by professors from our partner college and mentored by peers who have completed the program and successfully transitioned to college.

The above dates are tentative and subject to change.

Apply now to be part of our free STEM or business and entrepreneurship academic boot camp for veterans in partnership with the University of Notre Dame!

The first week of the program is our humanities academic boot camp, which includes daily seminars taught by campus professors who are leaders in their field, readings and analysis of challenging texts on the tradition of American democracy, and morning discussions on each reading in preparation for seminars, writing workshops, and assignments.

For the second week, participants can select either STEM or business and entrepreneurship academic boot camps.

The STEM academic boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a STEM bachelor’s degree program. Using a physics-based curriculum, veterans and service members will gain skills to help them succeed with their transition from the military to higher education.

The business and entrepreneurship academic boot camp prepares students for the demands and challenges of a business-related undergraduate degree program with a focus on entrepreneurship. This program includes daily seminars on the fundamentals of business degree programs, interactions with business leaders, and experiential learning opportunities such as a group entrepreneurship competition, negotiations, group problem-solving, business presentations, and utilizing business software.

University of Southern California Cohort

Where were you in your academic journey when you completed your WSP academic boot camp? 

I was wrapping up my community college courses and was applying to a couple of universities in my area.

Where are you now in your academic journey? If you are enrolled in school, where? What are you majoring in? 

This past winter, I just started business school at Santa Clara University, majoring in management and minoring in construction management.

How did what you learned at WSP help you get to where you are today?

As a first-generation college student, I felt like I didn’t have a lot of options or support when it came to pursuing higher education. As a result, I joined the Marine Corps, where I gained the grit and determination needed to accomplish whatever I set my mind to. However, I didn’t think that was applicable to higher education. WSP helped me realize my potential as a student veteran and reinforced that we can accomplish whatever we set our minds to as veterans.

What’s the best part of being a WSP alumnus?

While serving in the military, there was a unique sense of camaraderie and trust among one another. I am fortunate to have the same kind of people in the WSP alumni group. Whatever we need, we know that there’s someone that we can reach out to that will give us a hand. 

What advice do you have for other vets or service members who might want to pursue higher education?

If you think you are not smart enough. Have doubts about your ability to succeed in academia because of your past grades. Or, “insert whatever excuses you use”, that’s ok because I thought that too. What you’re feeling is entirely normal! School will not be easy, but you learn a thing or two in the military that you can use to succeed in higher education. There are many experiences, memories, and friends to make in this new chapter of your life, so keep an open mind and see where it takes you! 

Do you have a post-education career goal in mind? What is it?

As my time in the Marine Corps was ending, I began looking into entrepreneurship because I felt that I had learned how to lead a team and manage an operation. My dad has owned his business for the last 20 years, so I decided to join the team and grow the family business.

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

Prior to WSP, I was attending community college full-time while serving in the Navy full-time. Due to having a full schedule, I usually felt defeated and exhausted from the course load. Although I am a stellar student, I often doubted my ability to maintain this standard and attended WSP to learn how to balance the two aspects of my life in a productive way.

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

WSP has taught me many critical skills that will help me fundamentally as a college student. However, the biggest lesson I took away from WSP is learning how to develop an “outside of the box” mindset. From the very beginning, the military emphasizes following orders or instructions to an exact point. When I entered the college community and realized that there were no blueprints or instructions to follow, the transition was extremely difficult. Throughout the business week, I was encouraged to find answers to problems with no set solution, plan for the unexpected, and find innovative ways to do even the smallest tasks. By taking these in-depth courses, I feel even more confident in my ability to tackle the unexpected challenges of college.

What was your favorite session, and why?

My favorite session was the Invanti entrepreneurial class taught by Dustin and Maria. Their in-depth lessons on what it means to be an entrepreneurial thinker were extremely insightful and have helped me immensely. I also really liked putting together a pitch for a company that I created and presenting it to experts in the startup industry. The feedback and encouragement that I received were amazing and has greatly encouraged me to think about starting my own business.

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

Han Nguyen and Patrick Trujilo were absolutely amazing fellows! They were there for me every step of the way through this rigorous course and provided a lot of insight on what it takes to be a successful college student. Seeing that they were veterans in schools and positions that I aspire to be in has allowed me to believe that my goals and dreams are not only possible, but achievable.