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Devin T. Adams

United States Army
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2022
Vanderbilt Law School

“Thanks for allowing me to extend my service beyond uniform!”

Bass Military Scholars Curb Center Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek will be meeting with the seven incoming scholars for the Bass Military Scholars program at this time for a brief "orientation." Vanderbilt University Photo: Anne Rayner; VUTell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I served as a Combat Infantryman at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Afghanistan; an Airborne Ranger Field Artillery Officer in Vicenza, Italy; and a member of the Staff and Faculty at The United States Military Academy at West Point over eight years of active duty service.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

I’m extremely excited to mentor other students! As a faculty member at West Point, I looked forward to every opportunity I had to mentor and develop the young leaders there. Albeit a different atmosphere, I am looking forward to getting to know and helping the students at Vanderbilt.

I hope to share the importance of “Building the Bridge.” Every goal can be accomplished but not without PLANNING and EXECUTION. Don’t have “Dreams” – have “Destinations.”

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

While I am at Vanderbilt pursing my J.D., I hope to focus on real estate law with a focus in development and land use.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

The Bass Military Scholars Program is an excellent opportunity to attend an amazing, collegial university in one of the most vibrant cities in America!