Each month, FSM features a student with strengths, skills, and resilience in each of the domains via podcast to celebrate student accomplishments and achievements and share resources with the FSM Network! Join us as we talk to Matthew about his strengths in the Physical and Mental Health Domain!
What are you studying? What is your anticipated degree?
I am currently studying Communications are Washtenaw Community College. I intend to transfer to the University of Michigan to further my education and finish my bachelor’s degree. Afterward, I plan on getting a Master’s in Public Policy from the University’s School of Public Policy.
Tell us about your strength in this domain related to your college experience.
Growing up in the foster system has given me the opportunity to see how massively public policy, and poorly developed policies, can have such a direct impact on a person’s life. Here at WCC, I have a strong support circle made up of professors, counselors, and classmates who’ve become friends.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles in this domain?
One of my biggest issues is taking on more than I believe I can handle. I always find a way to manage, but I have this need to want to do everything all at once and not taking time to rest and take care of myself.
What have you been doing since graduation?
I plan to commit my life to public service in one capacity or another. I am currently running for office, and I don’t intend on going anywhere from that world anytime soon. I want to work my way up the ranks, driving policy and change that will catch us up to the rest of the world in every spectrum, such as health care (including care for mental health, which is just as important as physical health), infrastructure innovation, and more.
To learn more about Matthew and his campaign run, click here to visit his website!
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