In recognition of Veterans Day, UW-Rock County Director of Athletics Grant McNall talked about his own military experience. McNall is a United States Army veteran who attended UW-Rock County and now works at the university.
What was your military experience like?
I was active duty in the U.S. Army from 1988-1991. I left with an honorable discharge after my contract was complete.
Why did you choose to serve?
If you ask the 17-year-old who joined, he doesn't really have an answer. As I look back at it, I knew in the back of my mind I was not ready for college. The Army offered a chance to earn money for college and “grow up” a little bit.
What did you do after you completed your contract?
After the serving in the military, I attended UW-Rock County. It took me a little while, but I earned my associate degree in 1998. I have gone on and earned another associate degree in nursing, followed by a bachelor's and a master’s degree.
Did you pick up any habits or behaviors from the military you found helpful in college?
Timeliness and promptness. I was seldom late for class. When I was working on my nursing degree the stress of the program didn't really get to me as much as other students. Once you have been through basic training and combat (Desert Storm) many things are not as stressful.
What would you say to veterans or older students thinking about pursuing a college degree?
Give it shot. If you are unsure of yourself, take a couple of classes to test the water.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your military experience?
As apprehensive as I was about entering the service, I am very glad I did. I am very proud of my time in the service.