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Julian Gonzalez-Medina

United States Army
MBA Candidate, Class of 2023
Owen Graduate School of Management

“The Bass Military Scholars Program provides veterans with a tremendous opportunity to take the next step in their post-military life, with a supportive community at a top-tier institution.”

Tell 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 an enlisted Combat Medic in Fort Bliss, Texas, and overseas in Egypt and Syria. What I value the most about my military service is the loyalty found within the personal relationships I developed. These relationships, which encompassed friendship and mentorship, were my primary support systems during many moments of adversity.

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

As a mentor, I hope to impart the ability of creating order in the chaos. In a deployed trauma team, every person must learn to excel within their role and in each other’s. It is not uncommon to find situations in which the patient load far exceeds the available personnel, requiring team members to fulfill various roles. However, through respect, trust and proper communication we are able to persevere and excel within these moments.

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 at Owen, I plan to concentrate in healthcare and pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

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

The Bass Military Scholars Program provides veterans with a tremendous opportunity to take the next step in their post-military life, with a supportive community at a top-tier institution. Most importantly, it provides the opportunity to pay homage to all their military mentors by serving the community.