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Intelligence Analysis student aims to serve his country by working in foreign affairs

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Garrett Hunt ’22 remembers listening to the stories his grandfather told of secret missions in places around the world. As a Marine Corps officer, Hunt’s grandfather worked in the Defense Intelligence Agency, providing military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers, and force planners.

“I’ve always been interested in serving my country,” Hunt says. “There are opportunities to work overseas in ways you wouldn’t imagine, and my grandfather had a lot of influence in my pursuit of that.”

Hunt chose York College of Pennsylvania as the launching point for his future plans. In the Intelligence Analysis program, he learns from professors who have real-world experience working in government affairs and applying the information they teach in lectures. While he plans to receive his Bachelor in Intelligence Analysis in 2021, Hunt will also graduate with his Masters in Public Policy and Administration in 2022.

“I know that I’ll leave York College with the knowledge and skills that will help me stand out in the field,” he says. “They’ve helped prepare me for the things I hope to accomplish.”

Up for the challenge

Hunt spent nearly every weekend of his middle school years at York College. His older sister, Meredith Hunt ’14, was a Nursing student and Resident Assistant (RA). When he started looking at the Intelligence Analysis program, he was struck by the diverse materials he’d have the chance to study. From languages to history and international relations, he found topics that interested him and a program he knew would be challenging.

When he enrolled at York College, he preferred taking 18 credits a semester, so he found himself working ahead of schedule. After talking to his advisor about adding a minor, it was suggested he look at working on his master’s degree. “I really liked that opportunity because it allowed me to push myself,” Hunt says. “I like to challenge myself. This really allowed me to do that.”

Hunt felt setting bigger goals would help him. His courses at York College have given him real-world experience, and he’s been able to apply what he’s learned in the classroom through project-based learning. In his National Security Class, Hunt was the lead author on a chapter in a book called Contemporary Intelligence Analysis and National Security: A Critical American Perspective.

For two semesters, Hunt and his classmates wrote about 50 pages on a chapter about the Russian resurgence in the 21st century. “It’s a very serious project,” Hunt says. “You’re doing the kind of research that’s expected once you’re in the field. Not many students get that opportunity.”

A life of service

Hunt doesn’t just look at his future career as a job opportunity—he sees it as a chance to serve his country. He envisions a life of travel, where he can put into practice the skills he learned at York College to benefit the United States and the agencies that serve it.

“I have learned from some of the best professors in this field,” he says. “I feel prepared for my future. I’m excited to see where I can go from here.”