Late nights and early mornings are often some of the strongest memories from a college experience, but for the 2017 Finlandia University Student Representative Matt McLaughlin – the experience may have been even more dramatic. McLaughlin made it through his education at FinnU as a four-year Finlandia Lions hockey player and all while participating in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Both of those programs often include morning practice/training sessions, and at night? Well, he was maintaining a 3.99-grade point average.
“A lot of late nights,” he said of his experience. “A lot of study time, and staying on top of things.”
McLaughlin is giving a speech at the 2017 commencement ceremony, which is Sunday, April 30 at the Paavo Nurmi Center. He was chosen from an elite group of his peers for his mix of involvement in campus life, proven leadership skills and academic achievement.
“I was fortunate to have really great advisors and professors that really helped me along the way, and pushed me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to graduation this weekend.”
McLaughlin is a West Bloomfield, Michigan native graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. In addition to graduation this weekend, he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He plans to stay active with the army as a Medical Service Officer and continue his path toward medical school.
Learn more about graduation weekend at finlandia.edu/graduation.Tags: Graduation Day 2017, Matt McLaughlin, ROTC