Airman Highlight: Vandenberg Airman begins graduate school

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  • By Airman First Class Veronique Henry
  • 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Jasmin Lopez is a cyber system operator for the 30th Space Communications Squadron. Lopez is a full-time Airman and part-time student. She is currently taking "Economics for Decision Making" class to work towards her master's degree.

Q: Why do you think seeking higher education is important in the military?

A: I believe higher education is important in general. It cultivates required skills and proficiency needed in any career. With that being said, I think it's very important in the military, and sometimes even necessary to rise within the ranks on a professional level.

Q: What do you have a degree in?

A: I have a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Political Science. Getting my degree is definitely one of my proudest achievements, and a fruit of my dedication and determination.

Q: What made you pursue that particular degree?

A: I always enjoyed politics; to me it's very interesting, especially international relations. I find it fascinating how other countries interact with each other.

Q: How does it feel to have started graduate school this year?

A: I felt nervous at first, given that I've been out of school for three years. But I am excited to finally start my journey towards a master's degree.

Q: How do you keep yourself focused, being that you are a student in the military?

A: It has been a little hard for me since I really can't sit still. I have to push myself and make sure I am setting aside sufficient time for my studies.

Q: If you had one piece of advice for fellow Airmen seeking higher education, what would it be?

A: Get started now! Don't get caught in a state of stagnation. The pursuit of higher education isn't always easy, but don't let anything stop you from accomplishing your goals.