Tucker Goldman travelled all around the world during his five years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Now, he is settling into life as a computer science major in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). Learn here about his time in the service and future plans.
Can you tell us a bit about your service?
I joined the Air Force when I was 18. Back then, I was pretty tired of school and wanted to make some money and leave my home town of Victorville, California, so the Air Force seemed like a cool option at the time. I joined with an open contract, which meant they would pick the job they gave me, and I ended up working with logistics in warehouses. I generally had a good time in the service. I was in for almost five years and got to travel around the world to Korea, Qatar, Japan, Germany and then Alaska. Once my five years were up, I was ready to go back to a more stable life and use my veteran benefits to return to school.
What brought you to UCI?
I was interested in UCI due to its phenomenal computer science program and department. I am only in my first quarter here after transferring from Citrus College in Glendora. However, I have been very impressed so far in my short time here. I had also visited the campus prior to accepting and was amazed by how huge and beautiful the campus is. I think we have a really good League of Legends team too [through UCI Esports], which is cool.
What are your future plans?
I am hoping to graduate in two years and work in software development after UCI. I am not really sure beyond that. I really like the Irvine/Costa Mesa area, so I think I would like to stay here. Last week, I rode my bike to the beach, which only took about 20 minutes. This is a pretty cool place to be.
How do you usually spend your Veterans Day?
I usually don’t do anything special, although on Veterans Day, a lot of restaurants offer free meals to veterans, so sometimes I go and scoop one of those up!
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a list of restaurants offering free meals on Veterans Day. Also, throughout the year, be sure to visit UCI’s Veteran Services Center (VSC), which assists military-connected students in navigating student life at UCI.
— Shani Murray