James Lyons ’03, one of the first Syracuse University alumni killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was inducted into the University’s National Veterans Resource Center’s Hall of Honor on Oct. 15. He was also recognized as the “Hometown Hero” during halftime…
Active Duty Student Joshua Reid Says Discipline Was Key While Balancing Duties and Completing His Degree
For Joshua Reid, an active duty soldier now stationed in Japan, his training gave him the tools he needed to “continue the climb” while finishing his degree through University College at Syracuse University. “As a 10th Mountain Division soldier, the climb to glory for me is being a role model for my nieces and nephews, and also to my friends and in my community,” he says. Reid says that the time management and discipline he’s learned serving in the military helped him accomplish his goal. “I accept my duties as a soldier and a scholar with a deep reverence.”
SU News talked to Reid about his experience as a student and soldier, and how his Syracuse University degree will help him take the next steps in his career.
What was your favorite course through University College, and what did you learn?
My favorite course was Business Negotiations taught by Professor Katherine Sosa. This course really opened my mind to the concept that everything is negotiable. We engaged in contemporary contract agreements built on real life scenarios, and we learned about positioning and game theory. Ultimately, my key take away was to be cognizant of the negotiation style you need to use to achieve your desired results, whether it is chess or poker.
How will this degree help you reach your goals?
My bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity administration will help me reach my goal of building my intellectual property negotiation firm. I see it as an amalgamation of my skills as a professional paralegal and cybersecurity researcher.
What skills have you learned in the Army that helped you be a successful college student?
The number one skill I’ve learned in the Army that has directly correlated to my success as a college student is discipline. I begin my final projects week one, I communicate with my professors on a weekly basis, I am present and engaged in every class, I complete all assignments. Seldom am I the smartest student in my class, but I use discipline to set myself up for success.
How did Syracuse University’s commitment to being the best place for veterans impact you personally?
Syracuse University’s commitment to being a real haven for veterans has given me a level of self-respect and a support system of like-minded individuals that push me to be the best version of myself. Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, led by Dr. Keith Alford, allowed me to be a voice of reason and guidance to my peers. I am still amazed at how much professional and emotional support Syracuse University provides not just for veterans, but for the entire student body.