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Studying via Skype. From Afghanistan.

30/05/2012

Georgia colleges try to ease path from combat to degree
By Laura Diamond
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Just like hundreds of other graduates, Andrea Muresan wore a cap and gown to Friday’s commencement for Georgia Perimeter College.

Unlike the other students, Muresan is stationed in Afghanistan and participated in the ceremony via Skype.

The 22-year-old specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve was two classes shy of earning a diploma when she was deployed in December. Instead of her withdrawing from school or postponing graduation, the college worked with her so she could take her final courses online and finish her associate degree in criminal justice on time.

While Muresan’s case is an extreme example, her solution would have been unlikely a few years ago. The University System of Georgia has spent the past couple of years trying to make campuses more welcoming to the state’s growing veteran and military population.

Muresan isn’t sure whether she’ll take more online classes. She’s scheduled to return to Georgia in about 75 days. She hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and become a U.S. marshall. Her dream job is to work for the FBI.

Meet Andrea Muresan
Age: 22
Major: Criminal justice.
Hometown: Born in Romania and now lives in Lawrenceville.
Career goal: Become a U.S. marshall and ultimately work for the FBI.
Military background: Joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2009 because she wanted to be part of something “honorable and challenging.”
Hobbies: Boxing. Started when she was 14 and hopes to compete in the Olympics one day.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
RIP Second Lieutenant Laurenţiu Constantin Lixandru

Second Lieutenant Laurentiu Constantin Lixandru, 30, from Romania, died May 5 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, when an IED exploded. He was assigned to 26th Infantry Battalion Neagoe, Romanian Army.

“He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” (W.Shakespeare) Rest in peace my Brothers, you have not been forgotten.
RIP Second Lieutenant Laurenţiu Constantin Lixandru

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
RIP Second Lieutenant Cătălin Ionel Marinescu

Second Lieutenant Catalin-Ionel Marinescu, 28, from Romania, died May 10 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, when an IED exploded. He was assigned to Battalion 26 Infantry Neagoe Basarab, Romanian Army.

“He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” (W.Shakespeare) Rest in peace my Brothers, you have not been forgotten.
RIP Second Lieutenant Cătălin Ionel Marinescu

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