When Daniel Rendon walked onto campus for the first time and saw all the other students lounging around laughing, listening to music, playing Hacky Sack, he felt completely out of place.
After five years in the military, and some time trying to make ends meet with construction jobs that ended with a literal crash when he fell off scaffolding onto a concrete floor, college life seemed surreal. “I was thrown into a world I didn’t quite recognize,” he said. “Everyone seemed to have not a care in the world except hanging out and enjoying one another’s company. It was like the twilight zone.”