Division of Student Affairs

Student Stories: Arley Arriaga

Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2019 by Jolie Helton under Uncategorized. Tags:

This month’s Student Story features Arley Arriaga, a junior Nutrition and Dietetics major and an Army National Guard veteran. Arley, a Winston-Salem native, was recently named a recipient of a Student Veteran Scholarship from the Guilford Rotary Charitable Foundation. 

Are there particular Division of Student Affairs offices that have made a significant impact on your time here?

The Military-Affiliated Services office was able to make my transition from a community college much easier. Any questions or issues I had on attending the University was always taken care of. Everyone in the office from the staff to the work-study students have always made me feel welcomed and a part of the group – I was able to instantly make friends as soon as I got there. As a veteran myself, finding other fellow veterans within the campus was important. Us veterans tend to seek one another to continue having that bond we all had in the military, and UNCG’s Military-Affiliated Services office resembles that.

What does student leader mean to you? 

A student leader is a UNCG student who is not someone who holds the title of a leader, but someone who leads by example. There are many work-study students within Military-Affiliated Services that not only exemplify what a leader is by having good GPA scores but by helping other fellow students reach their potential and continue being a service to others by volunteeting within the community.

How do you think your campus involvement and student leadership experience has prepared you for life after UNCG?

I’ve become more versed on what it means to be a leader by gaining different experience with a diverse group of individuals.

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student?

UNCG is a diverse, welcoming university that allows you to feel like you belong there. Your experience here will not only help you reach whatever goal you have for yourself but give you the tools to make an impact on the world.

It doesn’t matter what background you come from, you have a place here at UNCG.

What advice would you give to students who may be looking to find ways to get more involved on campus?

Look for clubs or organizations that have similar interests that you may have. UNCG offers many programs that range from dancing to cultural interests that can help you explore campus life.

What’s your favorite UNCG memory so far?

My favorite UNCG memory is hanging out at the Military-Affiliated Services offive. There, I can interact with a wide range of people with different backgrounds and forget any stressors I may be having that day.

In what ways have you experienced UNCG’s Culture of Care? Can you share an example of a time where you felt supported and cared for as a student?

There were times that I was questioning if continuing my educations was in my best interest, but the Military-Affiliated Services staff was there to talk to me and reassure me that everything would be fine.

UNC Greensboro has a proud legacy of embracing veteran students dating as far back as the Woman’s College alumnae returning from service as WAVES, WACS, and nurses in World War II. Today, we strive to create a welcoming and constructive atmosphere for one of our nation’s greatest resources: our veterans. UNCG has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a Best for Vets Gold College by Military Times, and a Top 15% Best Colleges for Vets by College Factual. To learn more about Military-Affiliated Services, visit their website