Back-to-school boot camps help veterans in the classroom




Mark Henderson spent five years in the 82nd Airborne Division with its 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which executes parachute assaults and conducts combat operations worldwide. In 2010, he was deployed to Port Au Prince, Haiti, to help in the aftermath of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake. But when he decided to return to the classroom, he was scared he wouldn’t be able to keep up with his classmates.

Henderson, however — now a government major in his junior year at Georgetown University — hit the ground running. He credits this in large part to the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP), a program launched in 2012 that offers academic boot camps for veterans seeking a higher education.

“The biggest challenges in transitioning to life as a student … have been not having the same intellectual foundation as my peers,” Henderson told USA TODAY College in an email. “While most traditional students are coming straight from successfully navigating high school, I have had to shake off some rust.”

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