Division of Student Affairs

Student Veteran Spotlight: Kaswanna Jenkins

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2020 by Jolie Helton under Inside Student Affairs, Spartan Story. 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.

Kaswanna Jenkins is a United States Air Force veteran, serving from 2010 to 2017. Jenkins, a Security Forces 3PO51 – Military Police – served in Okinawa, Japan and Vogelweh, Germany. She also deployed to Djibouti in 2014 and served on Fly Away Security Team to various countries in Africa in 2015. Her final duty station was Shepherd AFB in Wichita Falls, TX. She is currently an undergraduate student here at UNCG majoring in Anthropology.

Why did you choose to attend UNCG for your undergraduate degree?

I chose to attend UNCG for my undergraduate degree because UNCG was the school I originally wanted to attend when I graduated high school. However, I chose to attend UNCP because it was closer to home for a year before I joined the Air Force. After separating and deciding to go back to school, I saw this as a second chance to attend the school I really wanted to go to.

How do you feel supported as a veteran at UNCG?

I feel very supported as a veteran at UNCG. The Veterans Resource Center was very helpful with providing information and helping me transition during my first semester. They have continued to help me throughout my time here by providing a work-study opportunity, a study space on campus, and involving veterans in different events on campus. For example, last fall, Brad recommended me to attend a student leader dinner at the Chancellor’s house, which provided me a great networking opportunity. My professors have also been helpful and encouraging after learning that I am a veteran.

Would you encourage other veterans to attend UNCG?

I would absolutely encourage other veterans to attend UNCG. I may be biased, but I love the city of Greensboro. So, that’s one reason. Also, as I stated previously, the Veterans Resource Center was very helpful in my transition to college. Some of my veteran friends who attend colleges around the country did not have the same experience I had during their transition. Some friends even called me with questions that their school didn’t provide and Brad, Eddie, and Milvia were willing to help even though the students attended different schools. 

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

The biggest way I think my military experience translates to being a student is discipline and being able to adapt. I always said I would never take online classes again, however, living through a pandemic this year and having to transition to mostly online classes, discipline has been key for me to stay on track with classes. As an anthropology major, my military experience has been useful in class discussions, especially in classes taught by Dr. Susan Andreatta. 

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to continue working for the Department of Homeland Security while taking a gap year before pursuing a master’s Degree in Forensic Anthropology.

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

I feel the military has prepared me for the future by way of experience. As a security forces member – or as most people would say, a Military Police – I was able to travel the world and emerge into different cultures as I spent six of my seven years overseas. I also just experienced life and witnessed things that helped me grow as a person. My education is helping me to recognize some of my experiences as more than just memories. While memories are great, the education I’ve received in the Anthropology department has prepared me to seek more information and how to find it. The department is also what has guided my decision to seek a career in Forensic Anthropology.