Success Stories

MILITARY STUDENTS MEET SUCCESS AT CREIGHTON AND BEYOND.

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Veterans, active duty service members and their dependents create remarkable success stories at Creighton University by bringing the same drive, determination and focus from their military lives to their studies. Read some of their success stories and share yours.

Chris Mesnard

Chris Mesnard

"When I returned from Thailand, I chose to use my military benefits at Creighton simply because Omaha is my home, and Creighton is renowned for its medical program. I also read that it was rated as an extremely military friendly college, which eliminated any hesitation regarding my choice.

Being a military student at Creighton doesn't feel any different from being a normal student, I suppose. I'm a little older and carry much more life experience, but I don't notice too much of a difference. The College of Professional Studies is great, and I'm thankful to have such a wonderful advisor who truly cares. Creighton is an outstanding institution and I'm happy with my choice to attend.

The Office of Military Affairs is outstanding, and they have gone above and beyond to accommodate me. Mark Turner has been around for a long time and knows the faculty well, and how things run. He has been an immense help to me, and the entire office in general has always been there for me. I would say that they are in keeping with the immaculate reputation that Creighton carries.

Overall, being a student at Creighton has been a wonderful experience, and I have felt welcome and accepted. The faculty and staff are incredible, and I'm privileged to attend such a professional and renowned institution."

Jacob Hardiman

Jacob Hardiman

"Growing up in Council Bluffs, so close to Creighton, I always heard what a great school it was. When it was time for me to use my benefits, the first thing I did was call Creighton admissions and ask if my benefits would cover the cost of tuition. I was so excited to find out that Creighton is an incredibly military friendly school. I was immediately put in touch with advisors and counselors who helped me get enrolled and set up for success. Thanks to awesome people like Laurie Galeski, I was able to complete most of the admissions requirements while I was in Afghanistan, and hit the ground running when I got to Nebraska.

My experience at Creighton has been incredibly rewarding, and an experience I will never forget. I feel like I am getting a first-class education from one of the best schools in the country. I am proud to call myself a Creighton student, I have learned so much here, and made lifelong friends, it has truly been on of the greatest experiences of my life. I would tell any military student thinking of going to Creighton that you will not be sorry, Creighton is a school that makes you feel like you are walking into your hometown every time you step foot on campus."

Jenna Mucci

Jenna Mucci

Between shifts of brewing up lattes as a barista, Jenna Mucci pursues her biology degree. A new student who started in the fall at Creighton, Mucci said she always loved science. "I decided to go for it - go big - and go into biology and probably do research," she says.  

Before Creighton, she served in the Air Force. On the younger side of adult learners, 23-year-old Mucci started basic training in the Air Force in July 2009 after graduating from high school in Corning, Calif. As an airborne language analyst, she learned two languages - Persian Farsi and Afghan Dari. Mucci's five years of service allowed her to take advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program. And her background translated into several transfer credits. "It's great to have some of those credits already there," she says.    

Managing the challenges of school and her job keep her busy, but she makes it work. "Juggling work and school is always a challenge because school has ever-changing demands, but I always know when I need to do school work and try my best while doing it," she says. "My husband plays a big role in normalizing my home life while I am running between school and work."

Although she did not grow up in a religious household, she's already read up on Ignatian values and noticed how the professors implement them. "I've noticed the Ignatian values already," says Mucci, "and I've only been here for half a semester."

Ron Fergeson

Ron Fergesen

Ron Fergeson says he didn't pick kindergarten, but kindergarten picked him. When he was taking an education course while in the Army, he went in uniform to observe a kindergarten class and within five minutes of being around the students, he knew he belonged there. Now he's close to achieving his goal of teaching.

After 26 years in the military with the first 13 as a cavalry scout and the second as a career counselor, the Harley-riding 46-year-old Omaha native was going to earn his education degree at a public university. But when he found out how long it would take, he checked out Creighton. He learned he could cut a year off of his studies.

"I'm honored to go to Creighton," says Fergeson. "I've always held Creighton in high reverence." When he was about kindergarten age, he'd drive past Creighton with his grandparents and think that Creighton is the place to go. He graduated in 2016.         

While in the Army, Fergeson attended 10 different schools, ultimately getting a general studies associate's degree. He says he's noticed Creighton is different.

"The big difference is the personal attention to detail Creighton provides to the students," he says. "They are genuinely concerned about the student's success and how they're doing. It's not a cattle drive."

One challenge, however, is technology. He found the technological aspect a bit daunting because the traditional students have so much more experience with it. He referenced a computer technology course that was fast-paced for him.

"Hey, you're going at warp speed, and I don't have the engine started yet," he would be thinking about the class, which wasn't as challenging for the traditional students since they grew up with cell phones and the Internet.    

Fergeson enjoys debating with the traditional students and his time with the adult learners. And he's on pace to fulfill that other classroom dream - to educate the next generation as a kindergarten teacher.