MCC Student Testimonials
Michael Barany, Criminal Justice - Police Option
Hometown: Woodbridge, New Jersey
Mike served in the U.S. Army from September 2006 to Feburary 2011 as a Cavalry Scout. Deployed to Iraq twice, his awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Mike was assigned to Fort Stewart, Georiga while he served with the 3d Infantry Division.
The biggest challenge I faced when getting to Middlesex was learning the college processes. When I got there, The Center for Veterans Services was not yet established and I had to figure out most of those processes on my own. In 2011, MCC really helped veterans by centralizing most of the services that we need to use the most in the Center.
My advice for newly entering Middlesex students would be to get to know Dave and Paul. They get paid to help us! They are great guys and they are vets too. I learned a lot about my VA benefits from them. They helped me transfer to New Jersey City University where I feel really confident about college and how my VA entitlements work.
Darryl Stevenson, Biology-Pre-professional
Hometown: South Plainfield, New Jersey
Darryl served in the U.S. Air Force in 2006 as an Aircraft Engineer. He spent his career travelling to different places, repairing the C-130 Hercules aircraft. Darryl had a memorable experience in Alaska when he was required to perform emergency repairs on an aircraft there.
The biggest challenge I faced when getting to Middlesex was learning to be a student all over again. Help and support from the people in The Center for Veterans Services has helped me tremendously to adjust.
My advice for newly entering Middlesex students would be to join a group or network. Having proper support will enhance your experience and increase your chances of success!
Dennis Penny, Criminal Justice - Police Option
Hometown: North Brunswick, New Jersey
Dennis served in the U.S. Navy from 2001 to 2005 as an H-60 Systems Organizational Initial Matinance Technician. He served with a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron based out of Coronando, California.
The biggest challenge I faced when getting to Middlesex was learning to adjust to student life after not being a student for 10 years. It was a difficult transition to make, entering college as an adult.
My advice for newly entering Middlesex students would be to ask questions and don't be afraid to ask for help.
John Relyea, Engineering
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
John served in the U.S. Navy from 2009 to 2012 as a Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator-Electrical. He served on the maiden deployment of the USS George H.W. Bush where he worked on the electrical systems of the nuclear reactor on board the ship. He was deployed in support of the Global War on Terror.
The biggest challenge I faced when getting to Middlesex was obtaining my high school transcript. It had been a few years since I went to High school and it was out of state so that was a challenge.
My advice for newly entering Middlesex students would be to register early in the semester and do your paperwork properly. It really speeds up the GI Bill process.