Dear Diary,

I am a veteran and a non-traditional student. During my time as a student I have felt isolation and an inability to relate with my classmates, especially traditional students. I have had some truly bad days, like working 21 hours straight outside in 100+ degree heat because of a bomb threat. A bomb me and my team found. So I can’t relate to your stressful day of having three things that are due on the same day. I try to empathize but a lot of my emotions were beaten out of me by the military industrial complex. I’m suffering through PTSD and depression. When I feel terrible, like I can’t get out of bed, I still show up to class. Because Mission First. My feelings didn’t matter for years, so why should they now?

Posted by a Middle Tennessee State University Student