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Central MA College Standout: Anna Maria College’s Matthew Denham

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Anna Maria College’s Matthew Denham

Matthew Denham, a senior, is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership at Anna Maria College. This past Vice-President of the Student Government Association grew up in Oxford, MA. Denham is already utilizing his leadership skills stepping forward as a valuable resource for this weekly feature.

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.


GoLocalWorcester presents Central MA College Standout, a weekly feature that profiles college and university students in Central MA. Join us every Tuesday for a look at the careers and lifestyles of today’s local college student.

Susan D. Wagner is president of Susan Wagner PR, a boutique public relations firm invested in meeting client's goals with integrity and creativity.

If you have suggestions for a profile, please email susanwagnerpr@gmail.com.


Related Slideshow: New England Colleges With the Best Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report released a survey conducted in 2013 of college administrators on the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Several New England made their lists for best National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and Regional Universities. See which schools made the lists in the slides below: 

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National Universities

9. Brown University

Providence, RI 
Students: 6,435
2013-14 Tuition: $45,612
Admissions: 9.6% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

5. Yale University 

New Haven, CT
Students: 5,405
2013-14 Tuition: $44,000
Admissions: 7.0% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

1. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Students: 4,193
2013-14 Tuition: $46,752
Admissions: 9.8% Acceptance Rate
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National Liberal Arts Col

18. Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA 
Students: 2,322
2013-14 Tuition: $41,456
Admissions: 42.1% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

9. Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Students: 1,817 
2013-14 Tuition: $46,574
Admissions: 13.0% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

5. Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Students: 2,052
2013-14 Tuition: $46,600
Admissions: 17.0% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

4. Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
Students: 3,879
2013-14 Tuition: $42,920
Admissions: 71.2% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

2. Providence College

Providence, RI
Students: 3,810
2013-14 Tuition: $42,206
Admissions: 61.0%

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