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APU-degree-during-deploymentBy Nichole Ahlstrom
Faculty Member at American Public University

Deciding to enroll in college is a major decision, but for service members and their spouses it is often followed by another one: to take a leave of absence or stay the course during a move. I encourage students to keep going despite the disruption of a move.

Once you stop the routine of schoolwork, attending class again can be a struggle. Breaking away from the routine can make it emotionally challenging to get back into the right mindset. Once there is a break then there is withdrawal in communication with classmates and instructors. A break can also lead to a fear of getting back into the classroom, difficulty getting focused, and anxiety around getting back to the routine of reading lessons and completing assignments.