veterans returning to college, Iana Lim was nervous that she wouldn’t fit in
with the other students whose life experiences had differed so much from her
own. Lim had served in the U.S. Navy for four years after high school as a
machinist mate before attending San Francisco State University (SFSU) to study
SFSU in part because of the fact that its Veterans Center is directed by a
certified veteran, rather than a civilian, who was able to relate to her and
provide her the support she needed.
involved with V.E.T.S. @SFSU, a student-led organization
dedicated to supporting veterans and dependents, ensuring academic success. Lim
now serves as the social club’s president, organizing workshops and
professional development opportunities for other veterans.
“The diversity of opinions at SFSU really
impressed me, as well,” says Lim. “The professors value learning from their
students and make us feel open to discuss our opinions, which helped me to
build my identity.”
her graduation in May, Lim plans to pursue a master’s in business
administration, saying her ultimate goal is to do something that positively
impacts people around her and affects change in the world.