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Ryan Cohen’s Journey from the Military to Graduate School

Ryan Cohen’s Journey from the Military to Graduate School


[Background noise – instrumental track] [Outside front view of trees and a white house.] [Ryan scraping paint off of ceiling in dining room.] I often would say to myself that, um, I shouldn’t, I shouldn’t be here. [View of tool that is scraping paint off the ceiling.] [Ryan walking on street in front of white house.] I was in the army. I had a malfunction in my parachute. [View of building with American flag blowing in wind.] I had a back injury as well as a traumatic brain injury. [Bumper sticker shown that says: 82nd Airborne Veteran.] [Ryan driving a car.] I fought with depression, um, for quite a while after that. [View of flowing blowing in wind.] [Flowers on branches shown.] Using my vocational rehab benefits through the VA, I started my classes here at Clark. [Ryan looking at a map of Clark University.] [Students walking in front of a Clark University campus building.] [Students working at desks on laptops in library of Clark.] towards what I want to be doing and I’m hoping to work with a property management
[Ryan playing in backyard with his two daughters and two chickens.] [One of Ryan’s daughters chasing a chicken in backyard.] firm that can teach me some of the tricks of the trade. [Ryan’s daughters laughing and playing together in backyard with chickens.] [Ryan’s daughters laughing and playing together in backyard with chickens.] My kids definitely get a kick out of, [Ryan smiling and holding a chicken outside.] um, their 37 year old dad also being a student. [Ryan pushing his daughters on swings.] There are some days where, you know, I’m in the library until midnight and my kids are up at 5:30. You know, there are some moments there where you question it, but I think at the end of the day, it’s definitely worth it. You just gotta put your best foot forward. [One of Ryan’s daughters playing with a baby turtle.] It’s just a blessing to be here at this school at this time. [Ryan walking outside with his daughters.]


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