Services and Information for Student Veterans
Thank you to all those who have served and who are serving our country. UTPA is honored to have been one of the few institutions of higher education in the country to be designated “Veteran Friendly,” and Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) is proud to assist our students who have served in our nation’s military. We understand that the transition from the armed forces to the college campus can be a challenging one, and are dedicated to helping ease that transition.
CaPS works with the Veterans Services Center by providing mental health counseling services with a dedicated Veterans Clinical Therapist, Rachita Sharma, MS, LPC-Intern.
CaPS, along with the Veterans Services Center, are dedicated to helping student veterans with their personal and academic needs. Student veterans are welcome to call or stop by our offices for assistance.
We recommend the 15 minute video (YouTube) “Shoulder to Shoulder: I will never quit on life” from the U.S. Army.
Tips adapted from “Military to College Guide for Student Veterans” by Student Veterans of America www.studentveterans.org (Click here for the full pdf.)
- START WITH A FEW COURSES TO EASE THE TRANSITION.
- Try choosing a small variety of courses that have different amounts of reading and writing involved (such as math, English, music).
- MAKE AND KEEP TO A SCHEDULE and include study times.
- REACH OUT TO OTHER VETERANS on campus to establish a network of people you can rely on, just as you would have in your military life.
- GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS and ask them for help.
- They may have strategies you can use to help master the course material.
- WHEN STUDYING, TAKE NOTES, TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS, AND FIND A STUDY PARTNER.
- Take advantage of the Learning Assistance Center’s FREE TUTORING LABS AND WRITING CENTER.
- IF YOU HAVE A DOCUMENTED DISABILITY, register with Disability Services for accommodations.
- RECOGNIZE YOUR OWN SIGNS OF PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS and seek help if you are overwhelmed.
- Talking things out with an impartial professional can help heal emotional wounds. Services through CaPS and VSC are free and confidential.
- PRACTICE REGULAR EXERCISE AND RELAXATION TECHNIQUES to help reduce anxiety and feelings of depression, and improve concentration.
- GET PLENTY OF REST, EXERCISE, AND EAT RIGHT.
- Limit alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and illegal substances.
- PARTICIPATE IN STUDENT ACTIVITIES to break down barriers and become part of the campus community.
- Recognize that others may not agree with you or understand your military service. Agree to disagree and know YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO RESPECTFULLY DECLINE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE.