One of the most honorable things an individual can do is serve his or her country. We enjoy the many freedoms that we have on account of the men and woman who serve their country. Quincy University’s own Aaron Hardin is a veteran of the United States Army, and a Political Science major here at Quincy University. Hardin shares some of his thoughts and experiences of serving in the Army, as well as the transition to college life.
What branch of the military did you serve in? How long?
I served 4 years in the United States Army.
What brought you to Quincy University?
After completing my time in the military I wanted to come back home to not only be close to my friends and family, but to transition back into the civilian lifestyle. The military is an entirely different world so I wanted to make sure that the two did not collide in a negative way. Being that I was already back home and had a plan in place that involved going back to college, my boss had recommended Quincy University. At first I was skeptical due to how small the campus appeared, but after taking a tour and meeting with admissions I realized QU was a lot bigger than I had anticipated. Another factor that brought be to QU was the convenience. I was already living in Quincy again, my job, friends, and family are all conveniently located here.
How has your collegiate experience been?
Every day I am surprised at QU. I knew going back to college I wanted to be involved and help others as much as I could. I did not however foresee how far I would actually go. Only being a year and half in I have done so much such as, Vice President of Student Government, Vice President of Student Alumni Association, serving on the Campus Activities Board, continuing to guide and help first year students as a Connect Mentor, as well as serving on the Student Community Standards Board. I have also met so many great people and still meet new people almost every day. As I mentioned I never thought that I would have done all this in just a year and a half!
How has military service affected you at QU?
My time in the military has not only opened my eyes but allowed me to gain a more clear perspective on my priorities and responsibilities. Many people say, “if only I knew then what I know now..” It is just like. Going back to college is almost like going back in time, so I am more prepared to take on that responsibility and leadership here at QU.
How do you feel about Veterans Day?
I am very appreciative of Veteran’s Day. When walking into a store or restaurant and to see Veteran’s Day advertisement or gifts reminds me of all the reasons why I chose to serve my country. To see the respect that the public has for us Veterans keeps me pushing for success and to reach my goals.
Any advice for anyone considering serving their country?
Serving your country one of the most courageous things that a person can do. I would have to say, especially because it helped me is do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try new things and try to take as much in as you can. The military will push you achieve things that you never imagined you could. The military will you give a chance to see the world in a whole new light so take advantage of that and learn from it because I can promise you it will help you in the long run.