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SVA Voices • Jessica Rambo:

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Jessica Rambo, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Greensboro, North Carolina, is the president of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter and is pursuing her BFA in Art Education. Her passion for leading her SVA chapter stems from one admirable goal: to make her fellow student veterans feel seen, acknowledged and understood.

Read more of Jessica’s story below!


Q: What is the most surprising part of the student veteran experience?


A: Seeing peoples’ faces when they realize I spent 10 years in the Marine Corps, that I’m a single mother of two and I am an art student. Then I tell them I am the President of the UNCG Student Veterans Association. I love telling my story, the story of other veterans and letting people know we are out there – even when you don't realize we are.


Q: How did your SVA Chapter help you to achieve success?


A: With the help of SVA, I have been able to find my place at The University of North Carolina. I feel like I am contributing to the bigger story and helping other veterans on campus succeed. 


Q: What advice do you have for other student veterans about succeeding in school, searching for internships/jobs or applying to graduate school?


A: Do your research, self-advocate and put yourself out there. 


Q: What do you want to achieve after graduating?


A: I plan on continuing my art education in our master’s program.


Q: Tell us a fun fact about you:


A: I have a service dog named Bella; she not only is with me 24 hours a day, but is a veteran advocate on Campus. More people know Bella's name than mine.


At Student Veterans of America (SVA) we want to share your story because every story is unique and different! We want to hear about the challenges, opportunities, and moments that ultimately led to your success as a student veteran and SVA chapter leader. Sharing your story will inspire and give hope to others. Whether you’re a current or past student veteran, we want to hear from you! Help us empower student veterans to, through, and beyond higher education. Click here to quickly and easily share your story.


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