Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Zachary Michael Hunt, of Valparaiso, was among the 563 students who received their Purdue degrees during the spring Purdue University North Central commencement. Later that week Hunt began pursuing his master’s degree.
Hunt has carefully planned how he is going to spend the next few years. Today he is enrolled in the Valparaiso University Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies program with a concentration in Ethics. He will be attending Indiana Wesleyan University this fall in the Master’s of Science in Management with a Human Resources emphasis. Ultimately he plans to into consulting to work with companies in the training, development implementation of the company’s codes of ethics.
“Going to school can be tough and time consuming,” said Hunt. “But I believe that people need to have higher education to be successful.”
He is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving from 2003 to 2007. When PNC announced it was creating a Veteran’s Cub open to all students, faculty and staff who had served in the military or currently on active duty, he didn’t hesitate to join. In fact, he was elected the club’s first president.
“I knew how hard the transition was from military life to civilian life. I saw great potential for the Veteran’s Club to help out current veterans and future veterans overcome the many obstacles that we face transitioning out of the military,” said Hunt. “The Veterans Club could be an immense benefit to our veterans and play a key role in their success. I wanted to be proactive in getting the club off the ground. This club presents a great opportunity to my fellow veterans on campus and I believe that if you are not part of the solution in a situation than you are part of the problem.”
He does not hesitate to share his story with other veterans. He listens to their stories and empathizes with their problems.
“When I got out of the Marines, it was a definite culture shock because people’s lifestyles weren’t as strict on the civilian side.
My biggest obstacle to overcome was trying to become accustom to a lifestyle that was totally opposite from what I was used to,” he explained. “Trying to find a balance between my military lifestyle and the civilian lifestyle was tough.
“College can be a tremendous source of anxiety,” he said. “The fear of trying to fit in and if you are going to succeed can be a huge deterrent. But there are people out there willing to help out to the success of America’s veterans.
When Hunt started his classes at PNC, he decided to go to school full time and take as many classes as he could handle so that he could graduate in three years. He also worked and volunteered in the community. It wasn’t easy, but he did it.
“I kept myself on a strict regimen, prioritizing the most important aspects and what needed to get done first and started chipping away from there. I had a strong support system from my family, especially from my wife. She played a vital role in my success. She kept me grounded when times got rough. I believe that behind every good man is an even better woman behind the scenes doing so much for him to be successful.”
“PNC is a great place to attend college,” he said. “The personal attention from the professors shows that the faculty cares about the success of every student who is willing to learn.”