Air Force Veteran Pursues Social Science Education Graduate Degree

Receiving a college education has always been a top priority for Social Science Education graduate student and Air Force veteran Eric Bobo.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College while on active duty in 2005.

While serving his country for 20 years, the Air Force Senior Master Sergeant was deployed to Iraq during Operation Northern Watch after Desert Storm and Operation Desert Focus, which supported the U.N. inspections in Iraq prior to the Iraq War.

Bobo, 49, is proud of being a veteran and credits the Air Force for teaching him leadership and management skills and providing him with opportunities to travel around the world and an education.

For him, Veterans Day is a time of reflection.

“Veterans Day is a chance for me to stop and think about my military career and all of the people that I have served with in the Air Force,” Bobo said. “It’s also a day that reminds me of my brotherhood.”

After retirement, he took his education further by using his GI Bill benefits to obtain a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in 2012.

Bobo discovered his true calling is teaching history after receiving career advice from his children’s former math teacher Jeri Laufenberg at Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School.

He’s also following in his mom’s footsteps who taught elementary school students and his oldest daughter Micole Michelson, 29, who teaches first graders at Citrus Elementary School in Vero Beach.

The Air Force veteran researched programs and thought about enrolling at a university on the West coast but found that UCF offered the best path that worked with his schedule and needs.

He was also impressed with UCF’s Veterans Academic Resource Center and its Vet 2 Vet Peer Mentor Program. He volunteered and gave back by mentoring other veterans.

Bobo has a 4.0 grade-point average and is on the Dean’s List. He’s interning at an area high school and will be receiving his Master’s degree in Social Science Education in December. He’s also thrilled to be graduating with his daughter Emily, 24, (Bachelor of Science in Psychology) and son Christopher, 21, (Bachelor of Arts in Journalism) at UCF.

UCF is preparing Bobo for success.

“The social science education graduate program challenged and provided me with a toolbox of knowledge that I can apply in the classroom. I couldn’t be the teacher that I wanted to be without UCF.”