The office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs at UConn is pleased to honor Emily Lugo as our Veteran of the Month for November 2017. Emily served in the Marine Corps for 4 years as a maintenance data analyst, from January 2012 to January 2016. For her entire Marine Corps career, Emily worked with HMH-462 “The Screw Crew.” She deployed to Afghanistan in August of 2013 and to Japan in May 2015. Everyone on the crew was awarded the meritorious unit commendation award for 2015. During her time in Afghanistan, Emily also earned the rank of corporal, which was pretty exciting to her. While on deployment in Japan, Emily was selected to be a part of a small group of marines that dropped off an aircraft for depot level maintenance in South Korea. One of her most rewarding moments was when Emily was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Emily’s first experience at UConn was in 2011 through the Student Support Services (SSS) program. She says, “College wasn’t my forte at the time, hence why I was in basic training right after my first semester.” Returning to UConn after her service in the military was a lot easier than Emily expected because she was already exposed to the college setting and was much more mature. The staff that Emily worked with were so helpful and she was given the opportunity to work as a clerical assistant and mentor for the SSS program. The 4 years away in the Marine Corps definitely made a difference for Emily: “I went from pretty much failing, to making dean’s list my first semester back.”
Emily was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut so being at UConn, especially in Hartford, reminds her that she is home. Emily loves the new campus in Hartford, which now has a distinguished area for veterans (Room 207 in the Hartford Times Building). Emily had some individuals to turn to when it came to learning the ins and outs of being a veteran, and now she wants to help out other veterans and this new space is part of that change. Emily loves the smaller classroom sizes in Hartford because she believes having a relationship with the professor is so important. She says, “If you have a question they can actually see you to answer it.”
If you would like to nominate a student, faculty, or staff member for “Veteran of the Month,” please contact Nikki Cole at Nikki.email@example.com with the name of the person and reasons for your nomination.