Former US Army health specialist begins 2022-2023 term
James Miceli is Double Majoring in Medical Laboratory Science and Philosophy in the Class of 2024
James Miceli, a double major in medical laboratory science and philosophy and a former U.S. Army health specialist, has been selected as the UMass Dartmouth Veterans Assistant for the 2022-23 academic year, succeeding Alexander Thibedeau.
The Veterans Assistant is responsible for assisting and educating military students on the benefits and transition to college life through the Veterans Assistance Office, located at Charlton 301, open 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays.
“When I re-enrolled at UMass Dartmouth after the military, it was a really strange time because I didn’t want to make the military my identity, but I also didn’t feel like I was going through the same experience than other students,” says Miceli. “The former veteran assistants have been able to help me through this particularly difficult time, so having the opportunity to do this for others is extremely humbling.”
To be involved
Miceli encourages veterans to visit the Veterans Aid Office during office hours and use the Library’s Veterans Reading Room (LIB 354), which is open to all student veterans and currently in service. . Veterans can also feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions, concerns, or just to introduce themselves.
“The Veterans of America chapter at UMassD is also very active and is an amazing way to make valuable connections and let off steam,” Miceli said. “We’ve done all kinds of events, from graveyard cleanups to ax throwing, so I really encourage veterans to look into it.
“Above all, I would encourage veterans and service members who may not always feel so connected to military identity to reach out. Veterans, like all of us, are incredibly diverse and unique. There’s no specific personality shared by all veterans and I think stereotypes can sometimes prevent people from accessing the things they’ve rightfully earned. I’m glad to see so many new faces in our community this year, but I also hope to see more veteran students who are here using these resources as well.”
Miceli, who is also chapter president for Veteran Students of America, the Student Association for Medical Laboratory Sciences, and the Laboratory Research Association for Medical Sciences, chose to attend UMassD because of the program of medical laboratory sciences, which he believes prepares him for his ideal. career in clinical research.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with exceptional doctors and medical assistants in the military. Bringing this experience to the classroom reminds me that patient samples come from real people. Sometimes it’s easy to look at a disease under a microscope. rare and to forget what she is doing, but it is important to remember that behind this sample hides a human being who is going through something terrible for which they have entrusted us with help – it becomes much easier to stay motivated from that perspective,” Miceli said.
James Miceli at the Veterans Assistance Office at Charlton 301