Quincy University was recently recognized as a Military Friendly® school for 2017, exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students. Military Friendly® is the military ratings division of Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business. The mission of Military Friendly® is to create maximum professional opportunities for our nation’s military service members, veterans and military spouses.

This March, Quincy University junior, Aaron Hardin, a political science major and a military veteran, will have completed eight-years of military service (four years on active duty and four years on inactive duty). After high school, Hardin attended John Wood Community College until he decided that he wanted more. Hardin took advice from his father who said that he had a great experience in the military.

Hardin started at Quincy University in 2014, one year after returning from active duty. He decided to go back to college because he wanted to the traditional college experience.

“While there are not a huge number of military students at QU, I would definitely agree that it is military friendly because the transition of coming out of active duty and going into a college environment can be tough but QU exceeded my expectations,” said Hardin. “All I had to do was apply and QU took care of the rest.”

As a student, Hardin jumped right into college life as an active student on campus as an impact mentor, vice president of the Student Government Association, a member of the Campus Activities Board, a representative for the student community standards board, president of the Student Alumni Association and a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

“In my second year here I was an impact mentor and it has related a lot to my time overseas, where everything was a do-or-die situation. There was no procrastinating; it was give it all you can. As a mentor, I knew that if I could do it, they could do it. We are all here for the same reason; to learn,” said Hardin. “Ending up at a smaller school really did make a difference. Bigger isn’t always better. People know you and who you are. This environment is more personal and more caring, where you can thrive more.”