October 20, 2016
When Stuart Mica joined the military in 1989, he made a single promise to his mother, pledging that when his military service was complete, he would go to college and earn a degree.
After 22 years in the military, four tours in Iraq, and overseas service in Germany and Korea, Mica is back home in Flatonia. Thanks to the Blinn College-Schulenburg Campus, he is keeping that promise to his mother.
That commitment to education recently earned Mica recognition as Blinn College’s October 2016 Academic Transfer Student of the Month.
“My mother didn’t get to go to college because she grew up in the ’50s and women weren’t really invited to participate in higher education,” Mica said. “She went to a business school and learned to be a secretary, and back then that was about the best she could do. She always instilled in me that school was important and that you should always better yourself, and one of the ways to do that is by getting your education.”
Now retired from the military after serving as a 19 Delta reconnaissance scout and reaching the rank of Sergeant First Class promotable, Mica takes courses part-time. He plans to earn his associate degree within the next year and a half, then transfer to the University of Houston-Victoria to earn his business degree.
Mica balances his academic responsibilities with a variety of community leadership positions. He serves as president of the Rotary Club of Flatonia and the Flatonia Chamber of Commerce, and vice president of the Lion’s Club. He also serves on the board of the Flatonia ISD Education Foundation, and belongs to the American Legion of Flatonia and the Fayette County Tourist Association.
“Stuart possesses a strong academic and intellectual drive and always seeks out multiple perspectives in his writing,” said Brian Cravens, Government Professor. “As a non-traditional student, he consistently has shown that although balancing academic responsibilities with outside commitments can be challenging, it can be successfully accomplished through determined focus, good time management skills, and a willingness to use the resources available at Blinn College.”
Mica said his Blinn education has been an asset in serving his community. He specifically pointed to two English courses that helped him utilize proper formatting and verbiage in the letters he writes as president of the Chamber of Commerce.
His studies also come in handy when discussing politics with his mother.
“She is extremely proud, and she gets excited when I tell her about my grades,” Mica said. “I’m taking a Texas Government course right now, which I love, and she is very interested in politics, so I get to go home and explain why certain things are the way they are. Thanks to this course and Mr. Cravens, I can turn around and get my point across, and I have the evidence to back it up.”
In addition to its academic transfer courses, Blinn-Schulenburg offers a variety of career and technical as well as continuing education courses. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: www.blinn.edu or call 979-743-5200.
“I think the Schulenburg Campus is a great asset,” Mica said. “It’s affordable for families and provides a high-grade education. I’ve attended three colleges, and I would say that these professors are the most professional I have ever worked with.”