Harlem Native Returns to Attend Columbia

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Marcos Rocha, Jr., grew up in Spanish Harlem, but went halfway around the world with the Marines before he got to the University. Over the past several years, the son of El Salvadoran and Brazilian immigrants has done a combat deployment in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. It was during those tours of duty that Rocha saw the serious psychological issues faced by returning servicemen and women. The realization led him to apply to the Columbia School of General Studies, which was founded in 1947 to accommodate non-traditional students, such as GIs returning from World War II. Today, Rocha is among 570 post-9/11 veterans enrolled at Columbia, 450 of them at General Studies… Read full article on Columbia’s News Page

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