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Meet Matthew Allen, a student in the NLU veterans program

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I grew up in State College, PA, near Penn State University. My parents moved us away when I was in high school, and for a while I really was looking for some guidance. The military helped me find that, and now that I’m a student Veteran at National Louis University, I feel like I’ve got another strong advocate. I currently live in Morton Grove. I’m married with three children, ages 9 to 24.

In terms of my military background, in 1992 I entered a special program in the U.S. Army. I was part of artillery and rocket shooting fire missions. My work in the military is difficult to translate into a career in the civilian field. I was told the closest match for me would be as a cartographer, but that didn’t interest me.

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Meet Johnnie Gaskew, NLU’s new student blogger

Johnnie Gaskew 3Rudyard Kipling’s quote, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind,” eloquently summarizes how I feel about written expression. It is truly a gift to be able to uniquely and creatively arrange words on paper that can be life-changing to others. To possess the amazing talent of authoring work that captivates, inspires, motivates and encourage others is simply phenomenal. Words are powerful.

Hello, my name is Johnnie A. Gaskew. Currently, I am enrolled in the Master’s of Science in Written Communication (MSWC) program here at National Louis University.

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Meet Tina Butcher-Johnson, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. I’ve been married for almost 13 years and have four kids – three boys and one girl, ages 6 to 12. Last year we took in my nephew after my sister passed away. I went into the military after high school and served three years in the Army and two years in the National Guard.

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Meet Our Students: Kristine Becker-Kristufek

kristine 2A year ago, Kristine Becker-Kristufek was feeling dejected. The school where she’d gotten her criminal justice bachelor’s degree wasn’t regionally accredited, complicating her dream of getting a master’s.

Unsure what to do next, she attended an NLU open house, where enrollment representatives told her about the fast-track Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) program. Kristine applied, and a financial services staffer crunched the numbers to see how she could pay for school. It was that extra touch that meant a lot to her, and things began to fall into place, from her financial options to the previous credit NLU accepted.

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Meet Claudetta Griffith, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I’m a retired veteran who served in the Navy for 22 years. I’m 40 years old, live on the South Side of Chicago and have two grown children. I’m working toward my undergraduate degree and plan to graduate in 2015. I’m currently studying Business Administration and Project Management and am not sure what career track I’ll take. I do know that I’m not going to earn my degree just to have it. I know that I want to be successful and make a positive impact in the community.
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Meet Rojah Wilkerson, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I’m originally from St. Louis, and currently live in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. I’m 24 years old. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I joined the U.S. Navy and was active for more than one year. Now I serve in the Navy Reserves. I recently enrolled at National Louis University and am pursuing a Masters in Science and Written Communication. I have about 1.5 years until I earn my degree. When I graduate, I’d like to pursue publishing and be a book editor or work in the public relations field.
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