Campus: American Military University (American Public University System)
Graduation Year: 2014
Degree Program: Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/dr-jeffrey-arnold-sr-d-mgt-msm-89329860
When did you join NSCS? I joined NSCS during my sophomore year in 2012 while attending American Military University.
How did your time with NSCS help prepare you for life after college? NSCS has been an enormous factor in my professional and educational success since I graduated from American Military University in 2014. I have been able to attend conferences and receive scholarship opportunities that I would not have if I were not a member. I have met other members of NSCS at the other universities I have attended. This comradery increased networking and educational opportunities that I cherish to this day.
What was the most important thing you’ve gotten from your time as an undergraduate NSCS member? The most important thing I gained from my time as an undergraduate NSCS member was confidence. Having a network, I can rely on for support, guidance, and mentorship has been critical to my experiences and successes.
What is the most important thing you are getting out of your time as an Alumni NSCS member? The most important thing I am getting now is satisfaction in giving back to new NSCS members. Being a mentor and providing assistance and guidance for fellow scholars is something I take pride in.
Where are you now since graduating? Since graduating from American Military University in 2014, I have obtained a master’s and doctorate degrees. I moved from San Diego, CA, to Manama, Bahrain, and ultimately Honolulu, HI. I am active-duty military but plan to retire in the next four to five years and teach at a university.
If you could give a newly inducted undergraduate NSCS member advice on their path through their collegiate journey, what would it be? Utilize the resources that NSCS has to offer. Network and put yourself out there. Continue to work hard, hone your skill sets, and take every opportunity to improve yourself.
If you could give an undergraduate student who is considering joining NSCS advice, what would it be? I would advise future members to take the leap. Only positive things come from joining and associating oneself with NSCS. The resources include scholarships and networking. Internships and comradery are second to none. I have enjoyed my ten years with NSCS, and I look forward to continuing to serve future and current members.