Marcus Bridgers - Choose Stockton
Marcus BridgersClass of 2022
Hometown: Pleasantville, NJ
Military Branch: United States Air Force
Why did you choose Stockton University?
After being accepted to Stockton and doing further research, I noticed Stockton’s ratings were extremely high in comparison to other schools for being veteran-friendly.
Why did you choose your major?
I decided to pursue a major in social work because there are a lot of veterans out there who aren’t aware of the abundance of benefits and services they may need. On my way out of the military, I was assigned a social worker who made me aware of the future I faced upon separating. I knew right away I wanted to do something similar.
What have you gotten out of your academic program so far?
While being enrolled in the BSW program, I’ve learned to see the positive in people. While dealing with clients, often you only hear all the bad things the client has done or the troubles they face. As future social workers, we are being groomed to find the positive in a client. Being open minded with your client will assist in figuring out the best individualized course of treatment to fit the client’s needs.
How is Stockton preparing you for the next chapter of your life?
I feel the networking opportunities Stockton provides through internships and clubs will help me meet my career goal of becoming a licensed social worker.
What has been your experience transitioning to Stockton as a veteran?
When transitioning out of the military, I was completely nervous of what the future had in store for me. While on my last months of active duty, I came to Stockton’s Military and Veteran Services orientation. I felt at home immediately. The veterans were allotted a timeframe, separate from other students, to be informed about our benefits. We were able to pick our classes first, get a private campus tour, and have access to campus officials immediately. A year later, my heart and mind are still grateful for Stockton and what the different departments do for the veterans.