Meet a new Tar Heel: Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes is an accomplished archer and member of the U.S. Archery Team. This week, she joins a new team as she officially becomes part of Carolina's Class of 2025.

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Three summers ago, incoming Carolina student Laura Hughes of Haw River, North Carolina, packed up her string instrument and traveled to Italy. And when she put on a performance, instead of cheering the notes she played, the audience applauded the arrows she launched.

Hughes was competing in the World Archery Field Championships as a member of the U.S. Archery team, accomplishing a goal she had since she began working with a bow and arrow years earlier.

Next week, she’ll make good on another long-term pursuit: starting class at Carolina.

“I knew that I wanted to go into some sort of science-based or health-based field, and Carolina has really great science and health-based programs,” Hughes says.

Aside from her pursuits with a bow and arrow, Hughes has plans to later enroll in physician assistant school, where her aspiration is serving the public.

“I worked customer service last year, and even that little taste of being able to help people solve their problems, I was like ‘I want to do this forever,'” she says. “I would love to be able to help people and help with health.”

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