College valedictorian was a soldier by day, a student by night

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From The Washington Post

For nearly a year, she was a hazardous materials specialist by day, a student by night. She logged hour after hour in the computer lab, pulled all-nighters and became hooked on energy drinks.

She wanted straight A’s. She wanted to graduate within two years.

“Every minute of my free time was homework. Every second,” said Huggins-Hodge, 25, now stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. “I would Skype with my family, but at the same time on a split screen I would have my homework up.”

After her deployment last spring, Huggins-Hodge was determined to keep up with her classes at Anne Arundel Community College and finish her associate’s degree on time. And she did.

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