The swap of bullets for books made for quite a transition. “But just being part of a college culture that brings me into an uncomfortable (though entirely different) situation, that’s a good thing,” Congleton said.
“It’s so chill and relaxed here,” he said. “It’s good to see people just enjoying their lives. I’m just focusing on my future and what I want to do.”
Congleton said he is impressed by the empathy shown on campus to him and his fellow veterans as they seek to re-assimilate into campus life and society.
“Every one of my teachers has been awesome,” he said. “They’re great professors and they’re good human beings because they’re sensitive to what I’m going through and how I’m learning.”
Why wildlife management?
“Just because we’re not in the military any more doesn’t mean we have to stop helping people,” Congleton said. “I just like idea of not carrying a gun. I like to be able to get into the woods and help the planet.”