Currently a veteran and linguistics major, he served eight years in the army as a sergeant and operations manger. He was stationed mostly in Germany and Japan, but also spent time in Israel and Poland.
Hughes said the adjustment from military life to college life was dramatic, but because of university assistance, his transition has been smooth.
“Doing the Boot Print to Heel Print (Student Veteran Orientation) program was really good because it kind of oriented us to campus and showed us what programs were available for us and our families so it was a lot easier to transition because of that,” he said.
Amber Mathwig, student veteran assistance coordinator, said there are at least 450 veterans between undergraduate and graduate programs at the University.
“Something that we do in the military is when we move from one duty station to another, is to have a sponsor or like a battle buddy that kind of shows us the ropes and things like that,” she said.