Five Questions with Andrew Mohs
By Caitlyn McGuire, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of South Carolina student Andrew Mohs spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent four months deployed in Afghanistan as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle mechanic.
Now a full-time college student, Mohs has another important role — he serves as the president of UofSC's Student Veterans Association.
See what this senior mechanical engineering student has to say about being a student veteran and leading some of the bravest Gamecocks around.
What has been the most difficult thing about being a student veteran?
The most difficult thing was adjusting back to classes and remembering what I had learned in high school as well as relating to normal college students.
Why did you find it important to become a part of the Student Veterans Association?
It's important because it gives us other veterans that we can more easily relate to. We also can continue to service with care package drives for deployed troops as well as homeless veterans in need. This week, we will be collecting care package items on Greene Street.
How has the Student Veterans been a good support system for you?
It has helped connect me with other veterans on campus that I would have never meet otherwise.
As president of the Student Veterans Association, what are our duties and how have
you become a mentor for other student veterans?
My main duty is being an advocate for veterans on campus. I also try to reach out to veterans to let them know we are here if they want to join and be a member.
What's your favorite thing about being a Gamecock?
My favorite thing about being a Gamecock is my degree will mean something when I graduate and the positive attitude everyone has towards veterans.
The Student Veterans Association will collect items for its annual care package drive at the Veterans Day Breakfast in the Russell House Ballroom from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The association will also collect donations Nov. 10-14 in the Student Success Center, located on the Mezzanine Level of Thomas Cooper Library, and in the Office of Veteran Services, located at 1244 Blossom St.
Faculty and staff members can also sign-up for the university's Green Zone training program, which teaches potential issues a undergraduate student veteran might face on a college campus and what resources are available for this population.
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