How My AMU Experience Helped Me Achieve Academic and Professional Excellence

By Benjamin Thomas Wolf, President, Chicago Fair Housing Organization

Editor’s Note: From time to time in this space, we want to share stories from our alumni as they relay their experiences with APUS and how they have impacted their careers and personal lives. This week, we feature the story of AMU Criminal Justice honors graduate Benjamin Thomas Wolf from the class of 2013. We encourage you to contact us at to share your own APUS journey with us as well.

As a current candidate for the United States Congress from the 5th District of Illinois and former FBI official and U.S. Department of State foreign service officer, I am devoted to continued sacrifice, duty, and public service.

American Military University impacted my life in two important ways. Firstly, it provided a mechanism and a platform from which I could pursue a master’s degree while being deployed overseas. I spent most of my service and professional career in conflict and war zones like Iraq, in addition to North Africa and over 65 other countries. As education is a core value within my family, I am thankful to have found a university such as AMU that allowed the continuation of formal higher education while living and working around the world.

Secondly, my graduate education provided a sense of achievement and confidence in myself as well as my professional experiences. I found the program to be engaging, challenging, and professionally relevant to the constructs of federal law enforcement and international diplomacy. The AMU faculty valued my, and my colleagues’, input and field experience for both its academic and real-world value. I fully understand the need for critical and analytical thinking. As such, AMU elevated my writing, presentation, and public speaking skills, all of which are integral to a successful career.

I proudly refer all of the young professionals I meet to AMU as it allows a truly balanced work/academic lifestyle while providing a top-tier educational experience. As a professor of human rights and a candidate for public office, I am constantly advocating for more affordable and quality education. I therefore speak from my knowledge and experience when I say that AMU offers an ideal avenue for achieving academic and professional excellence.






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