Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz wrote a profile on Curtis Mills, a philosophy student at USM, who served the military in the past. The column delves into Mills' past and explores how he decided to pursue a philosophy degree at USM:
Eager to do something, Mills thought about a degree in history. But then a counselor at the Sanford Vet Center suggested he check out, of all things, USM's philosophy program.
"I was like, 'I don't know ... maybe ... whatever,"' Mills recalled with a chuckle. "But then I looked into philosophy a little bit and said, 'You know what? This sounds like something that would help me personally."'
Hence the soldier who over his military years survived deployments to El Salvador, Bosnia and Iraq now found himself navigating Socrates, Kant and Emerson.
"Emerson's my hands-down favorite," Mills said with a grin. "He really draws power from nature and the woods. And that is without a doubt what I love about Maine."