Class Year : 2016
Hometown: Oneonta, Ala.
Major: History and Political Science
What’s it gonna be?
Transferring from Auburn his sophomore year, Hunter Huie wanted a local community to become involved with and took no time to find his place in campus life at UM.
Hunter has been a major part on campus since his arrival, specifically serving as a charter member and President of the new Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (FIJI).
He describes the smaller community at Montevallo as a way to know about organizations and how to get involved in them, compared to the huge student bodies at larger universities. After a fellow fraternity brother told him about the SGA, Hunter decided to run for office and was elected Senior Class President in his first-ever election.
Between SGA and working to earn FIJI’s charter Hunter has learned valuable lessons in fundraising, meeting deadlines and discovering the purpose of running an organization. However, he also declares his political science professor, Dr. Turner, as the reason behind the turning point in his UM experience.
“Dr. Turner has taught me critical thinking and has been instrumental in my personal improvement and pursuing a path for my future, “ Hunter said of the political science professor that introduced him to the Washington Center, a program that provides internships and academic seminars in Washington D.C.
Hunter’s Washington Center experience allowed him practical experience through both a professional scope and a wider worldview. Hunter landed an internship with non-profit, Public Allies, an organization that offers leadership training with various organizations including AmeriCorps, and encourages their participants to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.
The ten-week program was an opportunity for the political science major to redirect and solidify his options for the future.
“Working for the nonprofit was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to realize exactly what I want to work towards now,” adding that he hopes to pursue a J.D. and M.B.A. at the University of Alabama following graduation next December. Hunter plans to use the simultaneous degrees to practice law, focusing in debt restructuring and management.
While at UM, Hunter’s favorite moments have been performing in College Night for Purple Victory and his initiation into Phi Gamma Delta.
“Montevallo has provided me opportunities to pursue leadership and form a deeper connection with the surrounding community,” Hunter said. “Montevallo will always be more like home than my hometown is. I will be forever grateful for the memories I made here and I’m thankful to know that I was a part of something special.”
Internships provide experiential learning opportunities for students to apply the skills they have acquired in the classroom in a professional setting. For more information on finding the best internship to accompany your curriculum please visit http://www.montevallo.edu/academics/experience-learning/internships/
The priority deadline to apply for the Washington Center is February 17. The regular deadline is on March 16.