Matt Reed, freshman
Hometown: Plainfield, Ind.
Majors: Political science and Spanish, with a minor in legal studies
What inspired you to choose those areas of study?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved politics and arguing a point. My junior year in high school, I took a class on constitutional law. I knew from then on that I wanted to study political science. I chose Spanish because I want to understand the culture, and I like the language and the challenge. I really want to study abroad in Spain.
I’m minoring in legal studies because I want to be able to use my Spanish in the legal field — and also someday in the political field. I want to understand the culture and the language so I can connect with people in those ways, too.
When looking at colleges, I looked at both Christian colleges and non-Christian colleges. My friend, Daniel Eccles (Plainfield, Ind.), is a resident assistant in Chapman. He told me to come and stay for a weekend, just to hang out with him. The environment was amazing, and the people were so genuinely friendly. I even sat through a class, and the professor acknowledged me.
The tipping point for me was the availability of the political science major and legal studies minor. I met with a few of the political science teachers and with Professor Charles Emmerich of the Center for Law and Culture.
I see there is now an emphasis and an opportunity here, along with the great environment and the great Christian community. There’s always something going on at Olivet.
What is something you didn’t expect to find at Olivet?
On the first day, I met guys who would be my friends. Now, we’re best friends.
At orientation, I was at Jimmy John’s with my parents. So many freshmen were there! We took a seat by ourselves while we were eating. Spencer Allen (freshman, Bourbonnais, Ill.) sat down at our table and said, “Hi, are you a freshman?” I thought he worked for Admissions. I said, “Yeah.” Then, he said, “I’m Spencer, and we’re going to be friends. We should hang out. Where are you from?”
On our first day as Olivet students, I went to Spencer’s room. He introduced me to his roommate, who introduced me to more people. Now, we have a giant group of guys who just love hanging out together. I think this group of people will do great things one day.
Which professor has already made an impact on your life?
Professor Emmerich because he has taken time to meet with me. He helped me get into the Law and Politics Society, and I am the treasurer. He opened up a lot of opportunities for me and also challenges me in class.
What has been your favorite event at Olivet?
That’s a tough one! I think it would be Paint Wars. It was fun to get just completely messy and not even care. I had paint everywhere in my hair. It was a cool experience that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
Where do you see yourself after graduation?
I definitely see myself going to law school after graduation. Olivet is giving me the opportunity to study political science classes and also law classes with an interesting Christian perspective. You don’t find that in many colleges today.