Meet Student Veteran Austin Deblasi


Deblasi and Tribble at table

Student Veteran Austin Deblasi (right) is a Sophomore who is majoring in Business and is also the Vice President of the MCU Student Veterans Organization.

While serving as an Artillery Sergeant for the United States Marine Corps based out of Camp Pendleton from July 2013 to August 2017, Austin also deployed to Okinawa, Japan. Before separating from the military, Austin knew that he wanted to earn his Bachelor’s degree and felt that Marymount was the perfect fit for him as a veteran.

We asked Austin why he chose MCU and to describe his experience at MCU. Here is what he had to say:

Briefly describe why, as a veteran, you chose to attend MCU? What was it about the university that drew you in?

“I chose to attend MCU is because of the faculty support and small class sizes. MCU also offered a great Business program and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for veterans.”

Briefly describe your experience at MCU.

“I have been able to network with professors and staff, also I have been supported by staff to better understand my classes and improve my grades.”

What type of support did you receive as a student veteran specifically? What type of programs/opportunities/services are geared toward student vets that you feel are beneficial?

“Some examples of the support Veterans receive on campus is our own Veterans Center along with being able to sign up for classes first with seniors, even if you’re a freshman. Veterans also receive large support with internships and resume building workshops specifically for veterans.”

Why do you feel MCU is a good fit for veterans?

“MCU is a good fit for veterans because it gets you back on track with school by helping to build up your study habits without a stressful environment. It also has amazing support and all of your tuition is covered by the G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon program.”

What would you say to a veteran who is considering attending MCU?

“If you are serious about getting your degree and don’t want any college debt MCU will be the best starting point you could ask for.”