Alumni Spotlight: David Copeman
Alumnus David “Scoop” Copeman Looks Ahead to a Bright Future
David Copeman , Alumnus
David “Scoop” Copeman, a highly decorated Navy Seal Senior Chief, began his UMUC master’s degree in Computer Technology with an ambitious goal—to graduate and retire by May 2008.
No stranger to a challenge—David completed his bachelor’s degree in 2005 while deployed in Afghanistan—he began looking for a master’s program when his unit transferred to Iraq in 2006. He decided on UMUC.
“I looked at a couple of different options and found that UMUC was the best choice for me,” says David. “UMUC has an excellent record of being military friendly, so I signed up for my first class starting January of 2006.”
Although the road ahead promised some looming obstacles, David charged forward and attributes his strong family structure and work ethic for getting him through. At times, his service as a “Dev Group” Seal made it extremely challenging for him to plan for his studies. “Being in a unit that did multiple rotations overseas, I found that the most difficult part was balancing my studies with family, friends, training commitments, and deployments,” explains David.