MCCSVOHP

"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism."
-Alexander Hamilton

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  1. Kyle Linebaugh
    Kyle Linebaugh
    Interview Date: April 20, 2017 Kyle Linebaugh served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years active duty. Entering this interview between the group assigned to Kyle, we did not know what to expect.At the start of this project we were not sure what our focus would be. We were assigned to capture the feelings, emotions, and how the transition was from military to a student life.We had the privilege to ask our student veteran questions that he had problem never been asked before. His emotions going through the enlistment process, to getting out of the military and going on with his life afterwards. After talking with Kyle, we have found that he could define the meaning of wanderlust. Which gave us the perfect idea for our concept of our project. His soul, mind, and emotions can all be described as free and open to life.
  2. Eddie Robinson Jr.
    Eddie Robinson Jr.
    Interview Date: May 14, 2017 Eddie Robinson Jr. served four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps in Motor Operations Support. He was deployed overseas in Afghanistan while in service. In this interview, Eddie Robinson discusses his reasons for entering into the service and joining the Marine Corps. Eddie speaks about his immediate family, and the inspiration they brought on his choice to join the Corp and serve his country. Eddie then speaks of his grandfather, (who was also a Marine) and the focus turns to Eddie revealing some personal details Eddie shares with us in which his grandfather kept private for many years from the entire family. Eddie speaks of the closeness he has continuously shared with his family throughout. Eddie then, is eager to engage in conversation regarding the recognizing of his calling while stationed in Afghanistan, and in a training exercise. Eddie states he was drawn to assisting, and mending of the victims in a mock disaster, where he would ultimately realize he would be heading for a career in Physical Therapy. Eddie then begins to enthusiastically speak of his new family which includes, his fiancee Edith, and their new three month old baby girl. Eddie then talks briefly of his immediate transition from the military life into his academic life, assisted by his fiancee Edith. He then ends the interview with an upbeat re-cap of the closeness he and his brothers share, and the excitement of heading down the collegiate path in which his family his completely and utterly supportive of.
  3. Jimia Graves
    Jimia Graves
    Interview Date: April 15, 2017 Jimia David Graves served four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as an communication specialist at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. In this interview, Graves shares his motivation for entering the service and joining the Marine Corps. He describes the sense of community--brotherhood he had in the military. In addition, Graves also describes the differences between the military community lifestyle and individual mind set he experienced in community college. Graves shares a few words of wisdom for his fellow service men and women who are also transitioning from the military lifestyle to the college lifestyle.
  4. Gerald Borja
    Gerald Borja
    Interview Date: April 17, 2017 Gerald Borja served 8 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Motor Transportation Specialist. He served overseas multiple times during his enlistment as security personnel for the 1st Medical Battalion based out of Camp Pendleton California. During the interview with Gerald Borja, he touches on the reasons why he joined the Marine Corps and also recounts conflicts he encountered on deployment. In addition, Sgt Borja elaborates on his current dreams and goals now that he has entered back into civilian life.
  5. Jeff King 
Interview: April 12, 2017, April 17, 2017
    Jeff King Interview: April 12, 2017, April 17, 2017
    Interview Date: April 12, 2017 Jeff King served twenty-three years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as an E-8 First-Sergeant. He was deployed overseas multiple times while in service. In this interview, Jeff discusses his reasons for entering the service and joining the Marine Corps. He describes how serving in the military for so long has changed the way he does things in his everyday life. Jeff also gives his opinion on how serving in the military is different from other jobs. Jeff explains why it is sometimes hard for veterans who return from service to enter the student life. In addition, Jeff discusses how he has formed new bonds with his family and friends after returning from service and why he continues his education at MiraCosta College.
  6. Jeremiah Wilson
    Jeremiah Wilson
    Interview Date: April 13, 2017 Jeremiah Wilson served six years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a machine gunner (0331). He was deployed overseas to Iraq, where he was awarded his combat action ribbon. He also was deployed on a MEU. In this interview, Jeremiah shares his reasons for entering the service and joining the Marine Corps. He describes his occupation as a machine gunner, his multiple deployments, and his experiences dealing with the VA. Jeremiah shares his injuries he suffered while serving, and explains why this was the reason for him getting medically separated from the Marines. Jeremiah explains how he wants to use his education to help other injured veterans by becoming an occupational therapist assistant (OTA).
  7. Tom Rodenhaver
    Tom Rodenhaver
    Interview Date: April 13, 2017 Tom was a Navy Aviation Ordnance man, or (A, O’s), Petty officer 3rd class, and served deployments in various countries. Tom explains that his Grandfather’s encouragement to begin a new life, and join the Navy was how he enlisted in the Navy. He enlisted in the Navy, left behind his hometown, and began writing a new story with a new beginning. Tom's describes his experience in Great Lakes, Illinois boot camp where he learned to work as a team and count on the guy beside him for support. He also describes how his training taught him to become organized, and disciplined so he would be ready to live life at sea. After his boot camp training, he would arrive at A-school to learn the procedures of building bombs, handling missiles, loading magazine clips, and handling all sorts of firearms. His appreciation for architecture was ignited in Singapore, but he always felt a passion for drawing, so he leaned towards a career in architecture where he could continue rebuilding his life in a positive way. After various deployments overseas, Tom’s experience in 3rd world countries allowed him to appreciate life in a self-reflecting manner, which allowed him to focus on seeking a career in architecture, and it was through this discovery that Tom began rebuilding his life for the better. Once his service was completed, Tom enrolled at MiraCosta College and began his path as a student-veteran studying to become an architect.
  8. Rachel Davis
    Rachel Davis
    Interview Date: October 24, 2016 Rachel Davis served five years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist. She was deployed overseas two times for a total of 12 months while in service. In this interview, Davis discusses her reasons for entering the service and joining the Marine Corps. She describes the responsibilities of her occupation as an Intelligence Specialist, the teaching done at the Schoolhouse, and her experience while she was deployed. In addition, Davis discusses her life after the service, how her military experiences have affected him, and his transition into the campus community.
  9. Javier Guerra
    Javier Guerra
    Interview Date: October 28, 2016 Javier Guerra served 12 years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an artillery man. In our conducted interview, Guerra discusses his reasons for entering the service and becoming a Marine. He explains the responsibilities and how the learning styles presented in all the Military schools' differentiated the styles of learning needed to succeed in college. Guerra discusses his life as a student and peer advisor after the service, how his military experiences have affected him, and his transition into college.
  10. Ismael Sotelo
    Ismael Sotelo
    Interview Date: November 3, 2016 Ismael Sotelo served four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as an artilleryman. He was deployed overseas to Japan, South Korea , and off shore by the Philippines addition, Sotelo discusses his life after the service, how his military experiences have affected him, and his transition into the campus community. He describes his time in the Marines to be a learning experience, especially when it came to gaining a new life perspective and respect for others and how it greatly differed from what he experienced when he came to MiraCosta and how he was able to apply it.
  11. Nikolas Gobrecht
    Nikolas Gobrecht
    Interview Date: October 27, 2016 Nikolas Gobercht served eight years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a band member. He was stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana for his first duty station and then transferred out to Camp Pendleton, California for his last duty station. Nikolas describes some of the issues he faced growing up and how those issues manifested themselves into PTSD. Nikolas talks about the struggles he has with transitioning to the academic lifestyle after having been in the military. Nikolas touches a little bit about his being a transgender and what it was like making that transition while he was transitioning to school as a full time student. Nikolas spoke about the assistance that he uses from the Disabled Student Programs and Services available to him at MiraCosta College
  12. Hector Rodriguez
    Hector Rodriguez
    Interview Date: November 2, 2016 Hector Rodriguez served twelve years active duty, in the United States Marine Corps as a Field Radio Operator. Hector Rodriguez describes his reason for joining the Marines and what it was like for him serving in the military without having any college experience. Rodriguez takes us through his mindset about education while he was in the military, as well as his transition from active duty to going to college full time as soon as he was relieved in 2012 . He talks to us about the support system that he had while in the Marine Corps and while he was going to college. Hector reveals the importance of having a great support system. Having support from a significant other made the transitions the transition from one event in his life to another. Finally Hector tells of what he wants to do after finishing his studies at UCSD and how he wants to give back to those who need his support
  13. Tamicka Sargent
    Tamicka Sargent
    Interview Date: October 27, 2016 Tamieka Sargent served 5 years in the United States Navy as a Gunner's Mate. She experienced 2 deployments overseas. In this interview, Sargent describes her life before, during, and after her service. Sargent recounts her life as a child and how she came up with the idea to enlist. We talk about how her deployments were and how she was treated. In the end she enlightens us on her plans for the future and how the military has shaped her.
  14. Cody Ward
    Cody Ward
    Interview Date: October 24, 2016 Cody Ward is an E-5 Sergeant who has served for three years active and is still serving in the Army Reserves. He has worked as a Communication Specialist.Cody Ward came from a background where he had very little literacy experience. In this interview he explains now through his time in the army he has come to terms with his literacy and wants to now impact the youth by studying to become a teacher.
  15. Zachary Hardcastle
    Zachary Hardcastle
    Interview Date: November 6, 2017 Zach Hardcastle spoke to us about his experiences while serving in the Marine Corps. Zach served four years in the Marines and is thankful for the experiences he had while serving. He found that the best way to get through the day while in the service was to take it one hour at a time. This way he was motivated to accomplish goals and to push through struggles knowing that there was something coming next to look forward too. Zach noticed when he transitioned back to civilian life that he no longer was required to do anything he did not want to do. He is faced with these decisions everyday, some would be showing up to class or not showing up to class, doing homework for a class or not doing homework for a class.
  16. Hector Cortes
    Hector Cortes
    Interview Date: November 1, 2017 Hector Cortez discussed with us how brotherhood was such an impact during his service in the army. Whenever he felt homesick he would rely on his brothers to make him feel. During battles he relied on his brothers to complete the mission.
  17. Charles Robinson
    Charles Robinson
    Interview Date: November 3, 2017 Charles Robinson spoke about his experiences in the marines. He worked hard to get to his position of sergeant. Charles is grateful for his time spent in the marines because it showed him how to be a leader, to be more accepting of other cultures, and to be a responsible adult. He was adamant about how pushing yourself out of your comfort-zone to have new experiences shows you what you are truly capable of and what your limits are. He admits the differences between civilian life and active duty, detailing what specifically stood out to him.
  18. Calvin Coleman
    Calvin Coleman
    Interview Date: November 8, 2017 Calvin Colman has served thirty years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Sgt. Major. Calvin was deployed overseas ten times, starting his career as an infantry machine gunner. In this interview, Coleman discusses his reasons for entering the service and joining the Marine Corps. He describes the responsibilities of his occupation as a machine gunner, his multiple deployments overseas, and his experiences in combat. In addition, Coleman discusses his life after the service, how his military experiences have affected him, and his transition into the campus community.
  19. Marcus Liufau-Wright
    Marcus Liufau-Wright
    Interview Date: November 7th, 2017 Marcus Liu-fau-Wright, a former E-4 Marine Corporal, served four years active duty in the USMC as a cook and as security. Marcus toured Afghanistan to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom. In this interview, Marcus discusses his love for spoken word, his experiences in boot camp and in Afghanistan, homelessness, depression and suicide amongst veterans. In addition, Marcus explains the importance of responsibility, humility, and transition from active military duty to college student life.
  20. Brad Milton
    Brad Milton
    Interview date: November 7, 2017 Brad Milton served 20 years in the USMC. He was top 3 in his class, for military schooling and avionics technician. He had always knew he wanted to join the military since the 10th grade. And he had always looked up to his brother. He said he was a troubled kid growing up, and saw what his brother got from the military, and wanted it so he changed his life around. Brad is in his third semester here at MiraCosta, and his on his was to a business Major.
  21. Josh Piero
    Josh Piero
    Interview Date: October 31, 2017 Josh Piero served 9 years in the USMC as an infantryman. He was deployed overseas three times--once with the 22nd MEW, then to Afghanistan and, lastly, Haiti. In this interview, Piero describes some of his experiences on his deployments and the reason he decided to go to college after his time in the military. He describes the responsibilities of his occupation as an infantryman, his multiple deployments overseas, and his experiences in combat. Lastly, he describes his goals for the future and how he is doing now at MiraCosta College.
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