Three veteran students graduating from the Fresno state nursing program come from different backgrounds and branches of the military, but have a united belief in fraternity through service.
Harjot Singh, Joe Martinez Jr. and Paul Areyan will graduate together as a cohort of nursing program veterans in the spring of 2022.
In celebration of Veterans Day, The Collegian interviewed these veterans, who shared their experiences in the nursing program as well as their time in the service.
Harjot Singh, 23, grew up in the northern region of India in a small town in the state of Punjab and moved to the United States at the age of 12.
“It was a bit of a culture shock. I mean, I grew up watching English movies and listening to rap … 90’s rap. [was] quite popular all over the world, so I also knew the western culture, ”Singh said.
Although Singh quickly adapted to the culture and language, he found it important to stay close to his roots. At home, Singh speaks exclusively Punjabi, a language he hopes to pass on to his children.
Singh attended Central High School, where he graduated as a valedictori and went on to work in a variety of jobs ranging from a raisin worker to a gas station manager.
Upon graduation, Singh knew he wanted to serve in the army because of his family’s history, as well as seeing it as an opportunity to return to the country.
“I have always wanted to continue with this tradition of serving. So, I mean, this country has given us a lot …
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