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Counseling Center

Veteran Students

Student veterans have unique experiences, training and strengths that add to the diversity of our Pace community. Some veterans also face challenges when transitioning to college. These might include:

  • Readjustment to civilian culture
  • Developing an identity as a former service member and current college student
  • Difficulty relating to peers with different values or life experiences
  • Facing cultural difference between university life and the military
  • Dealing with a different bureaucracy
  • Navigating financial stress, financial aid, and VA education benefits
  • Balancing multiple and possibly new roles, as well as changes in existing relationships
  • Feeling isolated and misunderstood
  • Attention, concentration and academic difficulties
  • Depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability or anger
  • Difficulty with sleep
  • Feeling a lack of purpose
  • Feelings of grief
  • Increased drinking and drug use
  • Experiencing hypervigilance or intrusive thoughts from past distressing situations
  • Experiencing boredom, frustration, distraction, low motivation, and/or numbness
  • Managing health conditions like gastrointestinal issues or chronic pain

The Counseling Center and Student Acessibility Services are available to help support and ease the transition to college and Pace University.

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