It can be hard to find meaning after you serve in the military. Finding a new passion and purpose is one of the main ways to bounce back from PTSD.
Andray Clark found his calling going back to school at the Art Institute of Houston. This system of schools are throughout the US and are very supportive of our country's Veterans.
After 7 years in the Navy, Clark had learned a lot of skills, but he didn't know how to turn those skills into a passion until he signed up for the Art Institute. "I've always been aware of my passion for design, but I didn't have the direction or knowledge to make it work for me. I knew I had acquired discipline and a host of other skills in the Navy, and they all combined to help me."
During his time at The Art Institute of Houston, Clark took advantage of the veteran support resources available to him. He is especially grateful for his experience with the school's Veterans' Association. "You have a group of other veterans who talk like you and are going through the same things you are going through," he said.
"Nothing worth having comes easy," Clark said. He encourages his fellow veterans to rely on their discipline, dedication, and work ethic when schoolwork or job responsibilities present challenges. "Seek out opportunities, like [an education at] The Art Institutes system of schools, and remember that everything is what you make it," he said. "Make it count for you."
The Art Institute of Houston is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America.