March 12, 2021

Government major, Environmental Studies & Leadership in the Public Interest minors

from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Student Body Secretary-Treasurer Matt Marsh '22 says having a community to depend on at H-SC has made a big impact on him, and now he's giving back.

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I’m the student body secretary-treasurer, a brother of Chi Phi, a Wilson Leadership Fellow, and I’ve recently gotten into cycling.

Favorite spot on campus

Bortz library. There’s something very rewarding about leaving the library after a long night’s work and knowing you’ve accomplished something.

Favorite H-SC tradition

My favorite tradition is tailgating, specifically alumni coming back for tailgates. It’s a very palpable example of how much our alumni care about the school.

Why did you choose your major and minor, and what do you hope to do after graduation?

Lt. Col. Rucker Snead ’81 told me my freshman year that I should major in something I truly enjoy studying, which is why I chose government. My environmental studies and leadership minors are a result of this advice, too, because I have an interest in preserving coastal Virginia for future generations. I hope to work in the field of government consulting following graduation.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Warner Winborne. His expertise in global politics has shaped the way I view the world and why people in certain regions think and act the way they do.

Why did you get involved with student government at H-SC, and what have you enjoyed about it the most so far?

I wanted to give back to the community that has given so much to me. The culture of student involvement at H-SC is unrivaled by any other school I visited, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I’ve really enjoyed meeting people I may not have met previously.

Matt Marsh headshot

What do you hope to accomplish or contribute to the H-SC community as secretary-treasurer of the student body this year?

My goal is to foster and grow our school’s culture of student involvement. I believe the secretary-treasurer plays a large part in that through the audits and allocations process for student organizations.

What has been your most memorable experience or opportunity at H-SC?

I will never forget the Beyond the Hill trip to New Mexico I took during spring break my freshman year. The ability to bond with Hampden-Sydney brothers is an opportunity I will never pass up.

What advice would you give to new Tigers to make the most out of their four years on the Hill?

Stay on top of your studies your first semester, and you’ll develop study habits that will stay with you all four years. Also, get the catfish on Fridays in the Commons.

What do you wish outsiders knew about Hampden-Sydney?  

I wish outsiders knew just how important a small-school environment is to a man’s development. Having a community that I can depend on has been so impactful to me over the last three years.

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