Student Profile

Matthew Bonds '17

What do you like about St. Mike's?

I like the friendliness and warmth that is felt from the student body, faculty and staff. You feel as though you are part of the Saint Michael’s community and make up a bigger picture due to the relationships that you are able to make and keep with not only fellow students, but also the St. Mike’s faculty.

What's your favorite class?

My favorite class at St. Mike’s was my Art 1 course. The course challenged my mind in ways other than comprehending new information or memorizing important vocabulary words. This art course was able to get me to think outside the box and explore my mind; I was able to interpret what I was thinking and how I felt through various types of art work.

What's your favorite spot on-campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the Ross Sports Center. Being an athlete, I spend a lot of time there so I have become very comfortable with all the facility’s offered there and the staff that works there. Ross is a place where I can get my mind off the books or challenges that I’m experiencing in the regular world and focus on myself and improving my skills. Ross is also a place where I go to do homework and meet with the coaches and staff that I look to for advice.

What's one thing you've learned at SMC that's been surprising or inspiring?

One inspiring thing I learned at SMC is that people have different situations, point of views, and agendas that make each student at Saint Michael’s their own person. Meeting and forming relationships throughout my years here at St. Mike’s has helped me learn how people from different backgrounds and upbringings think and go about their daily lives. Some things that I’ve learned and seen I have adopted and tried to do to better myself as a person, while also learning from someone else’s struggle.

In what ways do you engage or give back to the community?

Being a part of the Saint Michael’s Men’s Basketball team has given me the opportunity to do what I love while the being part of a supportive community like St. Mike’s. I have formed bonds and relationships on this team that I wouldn’t have been able to have without basketball. I like to give back to the community by working at basketball camps for little kids in the summer and by working volunteer hours at the Woodside Correctional Center for teens. The positive flow of giving to the community and receiving their support during the season is important to me because I can feel the genuine relationships and support that I form with all the kids, parents and community members.

What do you want to do with your life?

After my stint at Saint Michael's, I want to continue to play basketball in another country overseas. If this opportunity does not present itself, I want to become a part of law enforcement or the FBI back home closer to Maryland.

20 years from now, what do you think a favorite college memory will be?

20 years from now, my favorite college memory will be the first move-in day weekend of my freshman year. At this time I was a nervous 17-year old, moving into a four person room with two teammates and a soccer player, and we were all very different. This would soon change as we began to learn more about each other, communicate, and grow closer in our first days at St. Mike’s. This time is very memorable to me because these were the first relationships I built at St. Mike’s and they still last to this day.

What makes you happy?

The happiness of others that I’m connected with makes me happy. When I see people that I come in contact with, or build other relationships with people, it makes me feel like I’m making a difference in someone else’s life and in turn brings me joy.

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