Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Second Advisor

Dr. Jose Rodriguez

Third Advisor

Dr. Shawn Thomson


My War and What Came After is a memoir that explores my personal experience with modern military life. It is my primary purpose to connect the military world with the world of writing. I am the guy that was willing to put everything on the line, including my life to become an English professor. The memoir is a detailed account of my adult life but also a coming of age experience and a successful ambitious plan to achieve my educational ambitions. It was an extreme and maybe even a crazy decision but calculated enough that it worked. It could have undoubtedly gone a lot smoother but I regret nothing. My memoir includes the reasons that motivated my decision to enlist, my Mexican American family reception towards the decision, quickly maturing into a professional soldier, my online dating, my masculinity (machismo and military masculinity), and my trauma.


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