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SVA Voices • Tyronda Brown:
Tyronda Brown is a U.S. Navy veteran from Washington, D.C. and an SVA chapter member at American University, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in international relations and national security studies, expecting to graduate in May 2019. She is also an intern for the U.S. Department of State and a fellow for the Veterans in Global Leadership program.
Q: How did your SVA chapter help you to achieve success?
A: They supported and motivated me to become more active in my community.
Q: Which of SVA’s programs would recommend to other student veterans?
A: It’s not that I would or wouldn’t recommend any “one” SVA resource, but more so that I would recommend SVA as a whole. There are amazing and very beneficial programs within SVA and the decision to become involved in any of them would create a positive experience for student veterans, as well as open up opportunities to them and allow them to meet and become acquainted with other veterans in similar situations.
Q: What advice do you have for other student veterans about succeeding in school, searching for internships/jobs or applying to graduate school?
A: Reach out to all your resources—SVA, your local school’s career office and possible mentors, as well as looking beyond those means. There are great websites out there that list internships, fellowships and jobs for early and mid-career job seekers. Do not wait for someone to tell you where to look, seek out help because the more initiative you show, the greater your chances will be at achieving your goals.
Q: What do you want to achieve after graduating?
A: I’m aiming to work in security and defense. My ultimate goal is to work in combating corruption in the global arms trade. While working in global security as a whole is where I want to be, my specific goals are in the foreign military sales sector—dealing with licensing, compliance and ultimately corruption.
Q: Tell us a fun fact about you:
A: I learned (and still know) how to write in an ancient script when I was 14 from an Encyclopedia Britannica set. It is composed of about 18-20 different ancient alphabets put together to create one alphabet. I used to use it as a code when I was in school to write letters that I didn’t want anyone to read.
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