Central MA College Standout: Anna Maria College’s Matthew Denham
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
A Conversation with Matthew Denham
SW: Describe the career you envision for yourself.
MD: I see myself going into Advancement. I believe that college is major changing point in people’s lives. Whether it is individuals receiving undergraduate or graduate degrees or coming back to school, I just strongly believe that universities help build people into what they are.
SW: What has been your most memorable course or professor?
MD: My most memorable course was during my freshman year when I took Principles of Management with Professor Rifflemacher. I was giving my first group final project and I challenged my her on something she said was incorrect and when we looked back in the text book my group was right about the fact. She has since become my mentor through college and taught me everything I know so it was a good experience!
SW: What leadership roles have you taken on campus?
MD: I have been the Vice-President of the Student Government Association and President of the Business Club. Every year the United Way hosts the Day of Caring which Anna Maria takes part in and I have volunteered since I was a freshman.
SW: What are you passionate about?
MD: I am passionate about higher education! Before I wanted to go into advancement I wanted to go into Student Affairs. If you ask around my campus, I have worked in a lot of different offices. In my earlier statement I said I believe college is a very important place and I want to do everything I can to make it better.
SW: Where do you go and what do you do when you leave campus?
MD: When I leave campus I am either getting my haircut at Vito’s Unisex Hair Design or stopping at Moe’s Southwest Grill for lunch (got to love their queso!)
SW: What is your favorite quote?
MD: My favorite quote is one my grandfather told me Theodore Roosevelt had said.
“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far” It has just stuck with me.
SW: What is your favorite movie?
MD: My favorite movie has hands down been the Avengers (but that also has to imply anything else tied to it.)
SW: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?
MD: That I used to be an Athlete in high school! I ran track for three years and did Tang Soo Do martial arts for 15 years. Whenever I find time I try to stop by my dojo in Auburn.
SW: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
MD: In five years I see myself established at a job maybe going to pursue my MBA who knows you can only take things day by day.
SW: If you could do just one thing, locally, nationally or globally to make a difference, what would it be?
MD: If I could do just one thing I would want to relieve all students of the student loans both private and federal. I would love to give them a chance to make their way into this world without having to worry about school debt let alone other bills.
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