“I was born in Lowell, MA and became a ward of the state due to an unfit mother. I was adopted by the Peters family at age 4. My father died when I was 10 and my mother and I struggled to have a proper relationship. At age 19, I dropped out of community college and enlisted in the Army as an infantryman. From there, I served with the 10th Mountain division and deployed to the Babil Province, Iraq. The unit was part of the 2007 surge and the deployment was extended to 15 months. The violence was considerably high, with the climax resulting in The May 2007 abduction of U.S. soldiers in Iraq occurred when Iraqi insurgents attacked a military outpost inQarghouli, Iraq, west of Yusufiyah and south of Baghdad, killing four U.S. Army soldiers and an Iraqi soldier before capturing Specialist Alex Ramon Jimenez, Private First Class Joseph John Anzack and Private Byron Wayne Fouty on May 12, 2007. A fourth soldier, Sergeant Anthony Jason Schober, was also thought to have been captured, but his remains were identified later (wikipedia).
After returning stateside, my unit spent the summer of 2008 instructing West Point cadets for their summer training. I declined application to the school against the urging of several of their officers, and returned to Boston where I worked and attended Bunker Hill Community College.
In early 2011, President Emeritus James Wright visited a class of veterans to encourage them to apply to Ivy League schools, particularly Dartmouth. In January 2012, I applied and was accepted as a transfer student, but was made to start my education over.
Since coming to Dartmouth, I have studied Government and English as well as some theatre. I have participated in Lightweight Rowing and Rugby, and participated in several programs to combat sexual assault, as well as becoming a columnist for The Dartmouth’s opinion section and a member of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program. I was able to contribute to a collection of stories from Vietnam veterans that provided perspectives on war, and I am currently working on a project that will explore the transitions that enlisted men make from combat to college.”