In the Spotlight: August 28 Campus Connections

Alumni Spotlight,
Matthew Beckmann, ciao from Rome

Most students who transfer after graduating from SMCC go to schools in Maine and elsewhere in New England. Not Matthew Beckmann. He went to Italy.

After finishing high school in 2009, Matthew attended a small liberal arts college for a semester before deciding he wasn’t ready for college. When the time was right to continue his education, he came to SMCC in 2015 and excelled in the business program.

Upon completing his degree with a 4.0 GPA last December, he transferred to John Cabot University, a small American university in Rome. There, he is enrolled in the Humanistic Studies program while taking part in the Art History, Philosophy and Drama clubs. His European travels have taken him to Denmark, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

When he earns his bachelor’s degree, he says his business degree from SMCC will set him apart from other students in his program. Maybe, he says, he can work on the business side in a museum.

“I wanted to continue my education and I wanted to travel. So I thought, why not do both?”

Student Spotlight
Joey Mullins, making a difference

Joey Mullins wants to make a difference in the world. What better way than by becoming a teacher?

Joey arrived at SMCC in the spring of 2016 after taking a couple of years off after high school. He first enrolled as a business major, but last year he changed to education.

After graduating from SMCC, he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree and then teach high school English. Teaching, he says, makes a difference in people’s lives.

In addition to classes and working, Joey is president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, while also serving as vice president of the Business Club.

“SMCC was the best choice I could make. Not only is it affordable, but the support here is awesome. Inside and outside the classroom, the support I’ve gotten from all my professors is the best.”