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2019
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Vet with PTSD looks for brighter future at STC

Student of the Week: Sabrina Bell

June is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month. While PTSD can be diagnosed to anyone, many veterans returning home from serving in the military can experience this difficult disorder. Because of this, South Texas College is sincere in its duty to support and serve veterans as they pursue higher education and workforce training.

US Army Veteran and STC student Sabrina Bell enlisted in 2012, shortly after graduating from high school. She says she herself experienced difficulties adjusting to civilian life after service.

“I joined the Army because I had tried college right after graduation, and I got on academic suspension,” said Sabrina. “Like a typical person at that age, I pretty much had my head on backwards.”

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, many who develop PTSD may improve their condition, though about 1 out of 3 with PTSD may continue to have some symptoms. Even with continued symptoms, treatment can help. https://www.wehonorveterans.org/

As for Sabrina, she says friends and family have been her remedy to get through.

“I feel like now, one of the biggest influences for me doing so well is because I have had people to make me feel comfortable,” explained Sabrina.

 

“I think the most important thing is to not be embarrassed or ashamed and to let that be known and talk to somebody about PTSD.”
Student of the Week Sabrina Bell

After years of service, Sabrina decided she would continue her education at South Texas College and pursue an Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Sabrina’s future looks bright.

“This past semester, I had all A's and one B in my classes,” expressed Sabrina. “Within a matter of two semesters, I have had a rags to riches story because I was a failure of a student at first.

After Sabrina graduates, she plans to pursue a bachelors in social work and then pursue a Licensed Master Social Worker degree.

Sabrina has a message for students wanting to accomplish their goals.

“I think the most important thing is to not be embarrassed or ashamed and to let that be known and talk to somebody about PTSD.”

For more information on resources for student veterans, visit https://www.southtexascollege.edu/veterans/. For more information on PTSD, contact the hotline at 877-717-7873.