Division of Student Affairs

Student Veteran Spotlight: Corey Burton

Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2020 by Jolie Helton under Spartan Story, Uncategorized. Tags:

UNCG is recognized as a Military Friendly School and Best for Vets College. Our office of Military-Affiliated Services coordinates services for veterans, active duty military personnel, and their dependents, serving as a liaison and advocate for military-affiliated students, improving military-affiliated student success, and developing a sense of community between our military and civilian populations. In honor of Veterans Day, we are recognizing two of our current student veterans, Corey Burton and Kaswanna Jenkins.

Corey Burton is a United States Army veteran, serving from 2009 to 2017. The Special Forces Communications Sergeant – a Green Beret – is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge as well as two Bronze Star with Valor awards. He was also recognized as Top Shot at the Special Forces Sniper School. He graduated from UNCG in August 2020 with a Bachelor of Biology degree, and is currently pursuing his master’s in Biology here at UNCG as well.

Why did you choose to attend UNCG for your undergraduate degree, and what made you continue to stay for graduate school as opposed to pursuing your master’s at another institution?

I chose to attend UNCG for my undergraduate degree for a variety of reasons, the most important being that it was a well-known and respected institution in North Carolina. I wasn’t sure of my options when I was leaving the military, and because I was already here in NC, I wanted to go somewhere close by! I chose to stay here for graduate school because of the friendships I have formed and the lab that I joined as an undergraduate. I was happy to learn that the Bobay lab had a position open for a master’s student. I also really enjoy the atmosphere in the lab and the research being done there.

How do you feel supported as a veteran at UNCG?

I definitely feel supported as a veteran at UNCG, especially with the Military Affairs Office. They have helped me every step of the way, from admissions as an undergraduate, even offering a place to hang out when I needed to relax.

Would you encourage other veterans to attend UNCG?

I would definitely encourage other veterans to attend UNCG. Not only is it an excellent institution for learning, especially within the Biology department, it also offers a great atmosphere for veterans to succeed post leaving the military.

How does your military experience translate into being a full-time student?

While my experience in the military was definitely different than my time as a student, I still think there are parallels regarding working hard and achieving success.

What are your plans for after graduation?

My plans after graduation are a little unclear right now. While I would like to potentially pursue a PhD, I think realistically once I graduate, I would like to pursue a job in Bioinformatics.

How do you feel both your military experience and your education have prepared you for your future?

While they are different experiences, I think that both the military and UNCG have prepared me well for my future. The military offered a lot of tools to deal with any situation that may arise in my life, and UNCG has taught me valuable lessons regarding how to be the best person that I can be!