I initially had trouble transitioning to the college-environment after serving in the U.S. Army and deploying to Iraq. Luckily an initiative had been in the works to form a Veterans Center, thanks to generous donations and a compassionate staff, and I found a place where I fit in.

The graciousness of donors committed to helping students like me has been tantamount to my success inside and outside the classroom. It gave me the ability to worry less about my financial stability and the hours I needed to work, and to spend more time focusing on my studies, exploring my passions, and giving back to the community.

I would never have been willing to become a member of the university community or the Athens community to the extent that I have without the extraordinary assistance and inspiration from those around me, and for that I want to thank you all. I can’t imagine a better place to call home, or a better group of people to call my family.

Tyler Daniels, War and Peace Studies and Political Science Major