From United States Air Force to Quincy University.
By Scott Bruxvoort
Most freshmen in college are transitioning from a high school lifestyle that was similar to most others their age. Matt Sindelar, a freshman at Quincy University, has a story that is quite different than the typical QU student, and is much worthy of applause. Matt was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona for two years. He then spent over a year at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California learning Mandarin-Chinese. The rest of his time was spent between cryptology school and survival training.
After three years of service from Arizona to California, Matt found a connection that led him to Quincy, Illinois.
“The opportunity to play Men’s Volleyball at the college level is what led me to Quincy University.” Said Sindelar.
“An assistant coach saw me play while I was playing at National’s for the All-Military Men’s Volleyball team, and he asked to me come to QU.”
While Matt is no longer serving with the United States Air Force, his service has not stopped. He is currently in the process of starting a Student Veteran Association that will enable veterans to more easily connect with one another.
“I am hoping it will become a resource for student veterans so we can build a support system for each other in the civilian world.” Said Sindelar.
“Student veterans face unique challenges during their transition into the civilian world, and I think we would benefit from having a group that links us together.”
Difficulty tracking down veterans at Quincy University is met with optimism from Sindelar.
“As of right now, I only know of three other veterans at QU.” Said Sindelar.
“I am hoping that the Student Veteran’s Association will give me an opportunity to meet even more veterans here at QU.”
Matt also mentioned what it means to him to be a veteran.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a veteran. I am proud to be able to say that I served my country in the United States Air Force.”
Matt while honored to have served our country, is used to being around those who serve.
“Both of my siblings are veterans as well.” Said Sindelar.
“My older sister served in the Marine Corps, and my younger brother is currently serving in the Air Force, so to me the military is a unique bond that all three of us share.”
While the experience is unique for Sindelar, the sibling rivalry is similar to most.
“Naturally, we always argue over which branch of service is the best, obviously it is the Air Force.” Said Sindelar with a laugh.
“But at the end of the day, we have nothing but absolute respect for each other.”