GMC has taught me that it is possible to make a difference in the world while also making a living–these two things are compatible.
Matthias Baudinet ’14 grew up in Paris, France, and attended high school in Florida, so when he picked GMC, he knew he was headed into uncharted territory. “I still remember purchasing tons of winter jackets and sweaters. I obviously could not bring all my ‘summer’ Florida clothes,” he remembers.
But as soon as Matthias stepped on campus, he knew he had made the right choice. He made friends with members of the men’s and women’s soccer teams, and met his “Images of Nature” classmates during orientation. “To this day, I am really close friends with a few wonderful individuals from that same class.”
Always interested in history, Matthias credits his teachers with sharpening his writing and critical thinking skills. In his seminar project he combined primary source accounts of World War I with the personal experiences of his grandfather Etienne titled “Through the Eyes of an Infantryman: Andre Etienne Baudinet and the Battle of Verdun.”
Matthias was named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) 2014 Fall All-Academic Team as a soccer player, and served on the Student Senate as vice-president.
“GMC has taught me that it is possible to make a difference in the world while also making a living–these two things are compatible. The professors really pushed me and made me realize that the amount of potential that I have is a lot higher than I had first thought.”