While other students were planning their moves to big universities across the nation, Micah Wright had a different post–high school plan. He wanted to join the Marine Corps. He left for boot camp in September 2002 and started a four-year life-changing experience that resulted in him earning a Combat Action Ribbon and a Purple Heart. After his active service, he decided to start another venture: college. Though his resolve had been tested many times before, attending a university, where the halls were filled with unfamiliar college students and the classes were led by professors whose teaching styles did not match his Marine Corps training, was more difficult than he anticipated, until he realized that his identity as a Marine could be a formidable force in achieving his degree.

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