Hannah Glathar was born in Florida, currently lives in Virginia, and has lived everywhere in between. A 21-year-old senior at Cedarville University, Hannah has lived in ten places, including two foreign countries, Hannah considers herself a very cultured individual. When asked about her experience growing up as a military child, Hannah stated that continually leaving friends was the most difficult part of the lifestyle. “Moving from Japan to Virginia was especially difficult because I moved to a place with very few military kids in my neighborhood or school. Most friends were established and it was hard to fit into their circles the same way” Hannah recalls. At the same time, the transitions have made her more flexible and adventurous.
As far as education goes, Hannah has had to adjust to new procedures, campuses, and social groups. When she attended a new school, she would always ask teachers or classmates about rules and procedures and ask for additional help if she needed it. Although the military lifestyle has been difficult, Hannah wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. Her advice to anyone currently experiencing the hardships she went through is: “to be shameless in being who you are. Non-military kids are different, but often very interested in the military life. Share about your life and also look to learn about other people’s lives. It’s the best way to transition into their world.”
“Be shameless in being who you are. Non-military kids are different, but often very interested in the military life.”