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Bryce Perdomo, Hunter Student and Air Force Veteran, Wins CUNY Academic Award

Hunter student Bryce Perdomo has won the CUNY Veterans Excellence in Academic Achievement Award, which honors CUNY students who have a record of military service and a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher.

Perdomo, a sociology major who enrolled at Hunter after 10 years in the Air Force, has excelled while raising a family and continuing to serve part-time in the Air Force Reserves. A Brooklyn native who was a staff sergeant and ophthalmic technician at base clinics in New Mexico and Virginia, he now lives in his home borough with his wife and two children.

Perdomo says he succeeds academically by not wasting a single minute of the day. He also attributes his success to support from Hunter faculty.

"I've gotten great feedback from my professors," he said. "I'm always asking how I can improve, and they've been very helpful."

Another great advantage, he says, is Hunter's affordability. With benefits provided by the GI Bill, Perdomo has no out-of-pocket tuition expenses. He also takes full advantage of the College's Student Veterans Resource Center, which offers easy access to computers and free printing.

At the same time, Perdomo assists his peers by serving as an officer of the Student Veterans Club. The club's past treasurer and current secretary, he is happy to share news and information on GI Bill benefits and Hunter programs. After attending to serious matters, he enjoys the camaraderie and pure fun of bowling with fellow members.

Perdomo plans to earn a law degree or a master's in public administration after receiving his B.A. He's keeping a close eye on the economy while deciding which path to follow.

Whatever choice he makes, he knows his undergraduate studies are preparing him well for his academic and professional future.

"I've been very happy with my Hunter education," he said.

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