Spotlight on Veterans: Dreisbach

Eric Dreisbach, army veteran and administration of justice major

Eric C. Dreisbach
Administration of Justice

Why did I choose Penn State Schuylkill?

"I always wanted to go to school near my hometown of Pine Grove, and fortunately Penn State Schuylkill offered the degree I wanted. It is only 10 or so miles from my house, and I liked the fact that it's a rural school. Their administration of justice program is also probably one of the best in the state. The professors who teach the program are very good at their jobs, and they were always there to help out if anyone needed guidance."

What has my experience been like at Penn State Schuylkill?

"In transitioning from military life to college, I had to adjust to the more 'laid back' atmosphere. The level of discipline in the military is much different than the college experience. I've made some close friends at Penn State Schuylkill; among them not just students but faculty as well. It's been very rewarding. I've gathered a vast amount of knowledge on the criminal justice system, and had the privilege to learn from some of the best professors Penn State has to offer. There are plenty of faculty who are always there to provide a helping hand.

Penn State Schuylkill was very supportive when I needed to take four semesters off during my deployment to Iraq during 2009 through early 2010. This did have a big impact on my studies. A lot of the friends I had made during my first two years graduated while I was gone. When I came back I was the new 'old guy' and I had to make friends with the new students. It also was tough getting back into the 'school mode' after being overseas for so long, and out of school."

Why did I decide to join the military?

"I joined the military because of a strong sense of patriotism and desire to serve my country. I've always had the utmost respect for those who wear the uniform, and it would be the greatest honor to wear it standing beside them. My greatest accomplishment while serving in the military was graduating from advanced individual training as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout in Fort Knox, KY. This school was both physically and mentally demanding, especially as a young eighteen year old adult. Graduation day was one of the proudest days of my life."

How was the Veterans benefits process at Penn State Schuylkill?

"I found Penn State Schuylkill to be very supportive through the veterans benefits process. The veteran's representative on campus sent out all of the necessary paperwork every semester. All I had to do was fill out the paperwork and send it back to the veteran's representative, overall it was a very simple process."

What are my career goals for the future?

"With my bachelor of science degree in Administration of Justice, I'm looking for a position in law enforcement, or I may try for a commission in the Army through the Officer's Candidate School. My four year degree will make that option very possible."

Interested in learning more about Veterans Services at Penn State Schuylkill?

At Penn State Schuylkill we are proud to serve veterans. Our campus utilizes a team approach to Veterans Services, which aims to provide veterans with a one stop shop to meet their needs. Visit our Veterans Services page for additional information or to contact a member of our Veterans Services team.