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Economy of Choice

Posted on April 13, 2014

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Blake Beulike believes in the importance of planning. So, when he realized after high school that he had not determined his career interest, he decided to join the Marine Corp.

Through the Corp, he spent time at Paris Island, Camp Lejeune, and 29 Palms. He was also deployed to Okinawa as part of the Unit Deployment Program.

When Beulike returned to Virginia, he enrolled in John Tyler Community College. Beulike says he chose John Tyler because of the value and comfortable class size. And, because he has to support himself, the College’s flexible class schedule allows him to juggle work and school.

It was while taking his classes that Beulike discovered his interest in economics, history and philosophy. Those interests and concerns about the financial crisis caused by the mortgage bubble brought his career plans into focus.

Beulike graduated from JTCC with his General Studies degree in Spring 2014.

Beulike hopes to eventually earn a master’s degree and to work in the public sector, helping others avoid financial crises.

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