Andy Martin

Andy Martin

Graduate Student in Social Work


University of Southern California

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was an athlete in high school and got a scholarship to go to college.
After college, I worked in criminal justice for some time, then I decided to enlist in the Army.
Serving on the front-lines overseas and then coming home safely was a huge milestone.
However, while serving, I suffered an injury that impacted me physically and mentally.
After my service ended, I looked for mental health resources for vets and found them to be scarce.
This inspired me to tackle the shortage myself; I started volunteering and went back to school.
Another defining moment for me was being accepted into a master's program.
I'm currently pursuing my master's degree at the University of Southern California.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Sociology
University of San Diego
associates
Associate's Degree
Grossmont College
Career

Career

Graduate Student in Social Work

I'm a veteran who wants to fill the gaps in the lack of mental health resources for my fellow vets.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Medicine
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

Mondays through Wednesdays, I intern at a homeless shelter from 7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Each morning we serve breakfast to our patrons, who are mostly veterans. After that, we take on new cases and offer services and advice until lunchtime. After lunch, we work with our specific cases to help them find jobs and housing. After I leave the shelter, I have class from 6-9 p.m. I devote Thursday and Friday to working on my master's project, and on weekends, I try to get out of town and do some fishing.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need that element of relatability to work with other veterans. I think that being a veteran yourself is crucial, because you have to have that connection and those shared experiences to get them to invest in you and your advice. You also need to keep an open mind.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

No matter what career you pick, the most important thing on your resume is going to be your schooling. It seems like everyone has an undergraduate degree these days, so you should hands-down go to college, if you can.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
graduate
Graduate
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You have a pretty good life and a college degree...why would you ever want to join the military?"

A lot of my friends and family were concerned that I was going to leave this great situation behind to put my life on the line, but it's not in my personality to quit something once I've put my mind to it. I think that comes from my athletic background, where you're always pushing yourself to be better. I also have amazing parents that taught me that haters are always going to be out there, but you just have to focus on your end goal.