Name: Craig Hodge
Residence: York, S.C.
One of junior Craig Hodge's goals in life has always been earning a college education. Until he enrolled at Winthrop University, that goal seemed unreachable.
"I've always been in and out of college," he explained. "I wasn't in and out of college because I didn't want to be there; it was because I could never afford it or I was so overwhelmed going to school and working a full-time job."
A sergeant in the S.C. Army National Guard and a veteran of Afghanistan, Hodge, during his deployment, decided to make his education a priority and transfer to Winthrop.
"The main reason I chose Winthrop University is because of the reputation it had for putting teachers in the workforce and how highly regarded the program was," he said. "I've always wanted to be a high school teacher since I can remember, and Winthrop is the perfect fit for me."
Now pursuing a history degree with a concentration in secondary education, Hodge joined the ROTC program and became involved in the Student Veterans Association.
"It's a very rewarding group of people that I have had the opportunity to meet and who have been through what I have been through in life," he said of the student group's members.
Recently, he and his fellow veterans raised about $1,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project through a sponsored bike ride and met with Vietnam veterans.
Hodge has found Winthrop amenities, such as the new Resource Center for Adult Students, to be very helpful, especially for student veterans. He also agreed that Winthrop is a veteran-friendly campus.
"We're given every opportunity [from them] to help as much as possible, as much as a veteran wants," he said. "For student veterans, I know that the university will be there to help no matter what."
Last updated 7/21/14
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