Matt Phillips '12

Major: History

Graduate program: A.J.D. program, Vermont Law School

What do you do for a living?

I am a student at Vermont Law School, looking to earn my J.D. in 2019. Previously, I was the Payroll Coordinator at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston, Mass. 

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

My academic experience at Saint Michael's helped prepare me for both the professional and academic challenges I've since faced. Most importantly, Saint Mike's helped kindle a love of learning that will persist throughout the rest of my life. This is to the great credit of the faculty of the History Department, who consistently made course material engaging and relevant. In addition, the research and critical thinking skills that I developed as an undergraduate gave me the ability to learn independently, and helped me succeed in a position (Payroll Coordinator) far removed from anything I had ever studied. These skills continue to be invaluable in law school.

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

Academically, my favorite memory is my time spent in Durick Library working on my senior thesis. This project opened my eyes to the challenging yet satisfying nature of in-depth independent research. Also I've gotta say those radio shows were a heck of a blast.

Do you have any advice for students at St. Mike's?

Academics are important and if you put in the effort you will be rewarded. But be sure to focus on the social at Saint Mike's too. Living on a small campus, getting to know your neighbors, and being open to all sorts of new things will broaden your perspective in ways that academics can't.

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