Vincent Petracco '13 knew he wanted to continue his education at a university where he wasn't treated like a number. He had spent the past five years in active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard as a machinery technician, performing search and rescue missions, and patrolling waters to deter drug and immigrant trafficking.
He was also taking undergraduate classes online through a major state university, but wanted something more personable as he pursued his eventual goal of a doctorate in physical therapy. And-for the native of New Jersey-Monmouth's degree in Health and Physical Education was the perfect choice. One of Monmouth's professors also solidified his path into physical therapy.
"Dr. Bernadette Dunphy opened my eyes to the world of physical therapy through an anatomy and physiology class, and she's been a mentor and role model ever since," Vincent said. "She recommended me for an on-campus position in which I could help other students with their studies and instantly invited me to observe at her physical therapy clinic. While assisting me through the application process for physical therapy school, Dr. Dunphy has provided me with the knowledge and guidance I need to further my education and career."
With small classes, accommodating class times for both on-campus and commuter students like Vincent, and a friendly campus environment, he feels prepared for the future. "My experiences at Monmouth helped me grow as an individual and prepared me for graduate school and beyond," Vincent said.
Point Pleasant, N.J.
Monmouth University Student Veterans Association, Supplemental Instruction Leader
Faculty Member Influence
Jeff Hood is Coordinator of Veterans Affairs for Monmouth and is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Hood welcomes every new veteran to the University and as such, has a huge impact on their educational future. Personally, Jeff gives all veterans a quiet place to study on campus. Most importantly, he helps in the process of certifying all veteran GI Bill benefits with Veterans Affairs.
Organizations that helped me as a student
During my two years at Monmouth, I went from an active member to president of the Monmouth University Student Veterans Association. As president, I was able to network and provide a voice for other veterans-sharing with the campus community the sacrifices and contributions veterans have made. I've utilized my previous experience in the Coast Guard to help incoming veterans adjust to college life and lead campus veteran events, such as our chili cook-off.
Why I'm proud of Monmouth
Monmouth is a well-known school in New Jersey with a multitude of great educational programs. I have attended other schools in the past, and the quality of education and resources at Monmouth is unsurpassed. Take one visit to the Monmouth campus and anyone would understand why it is special to be part of this university.
My favorite Monmouth memory
I was part of a chili cook-off competition, which benefited the Student Veterans Association. I selected five judges from different campus clubs-sorority, University ambassador, Student Government Association, et al.-and they determined the winner. I think if I had won, it would have been an even better memory, but the chili was delicious.