Meet MATT 

Class of 2019
Day Student
Hometown: Allentown, New Jersey

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Theater (4 years)
  • Tour Guide (4 years)
  • Yearbook Club
  • Student Prefect for Day Students
  • Student Ambassador

My Life at Peddie

Peddie has been a part of my life for a long time; it’s legacy for me. My older brother Erik '15 attended Peddie and my dad has worked at Peddie for over 10 years. Through my brother, I had the opportunity to “experience” Peddie while I was still in middle school.

Yet, when I first arrived on the Peddie campus as a freshman, I was still a bit intimidated because I had to leave all my friends from my eight years in elementary and middle school; it felt super crazy to think I’d be with all new people. Luckily, it did not take long for me to realize that everyone was in the same boat and pretty accepting.

 

As a student ambassador, I spend time preparing for Peddie Fund Week, which is an annual opportunity for the student body to say thank you to alumni who have donated and helped our community.

“I am really proud of being a Peddie Tour Guide for all four years, just like my brother before me. It’s super awesome to see prospective students and their excitement for Peddie. I love sharing our community with them.”

My "Typical" Day


7:40 a.m.
Arrive on campus
8:00 a.m.
English
9:00 a.m.
AP Environmental Science
10:20 a.m.
Chapel, Community Meeting or conference/free time
10:45 a.m.
Free
11:20 a.m.
AP Government
12:15 p.m.
Lunch time – a quick bite or time to share another meal with friends
1:20 p.m.
Computer Science
2:20 p.m.
Calculus
3:10 p.m.
Study/homework time in the library
5:30 p.m.
Theater practice/rehearsal
7:00 p.m. 
Hang out on campus and grab dinner with friends
8:30 p.m.
Head home for the night
 

Classes and Dorm Life

During my nearly four years at Peddie, I’ve enjoyed so many great classes. In my freshman year, my favorite was my Humanities class. I've always loved writing and Peddie definitely challenged me in this area. That helped me to push myself. This year my favorite classes are AP Government and AP Environmental Science.  I enjoy seeing the real-world applications of what we're learning and being able to have discussions about it with my peers, parents and faculty members. You learn a lot when you can have discussions in such an accepting community.

Many students board at Peddie but being a day student has been a great experience for me. I enjoy going home and spending time with my family and dog. Now that I have a driver’s license and car, I find myself staying later on campus. It has allowed me extra time to hang out with my friends on campus or around town.

Making friends has been another great part of my time at Peddie. The friends I’ve made are ones that I would not have seen myself with several years ago, yet they have become some of the most formative people in my life. They are the most amazing and accepting people I've ever met and I am so blessed to be surrounded by them.

I’ll be attending a pretty large college, so I think I’ll miss the personal connection I have here with teachers and students. I'll miss the Peddie culture because a big university might not offer the same sense of a close, collaborative community.  Yet, I am excited and looking forward to exploring being a part of a big community. I feel that Peddie has definitely equipped me with the personal tools I need to make sure that I do well.

What I think about...

  • Peddie culture:  Peddie is welcoming. We're a group of people from all walks of life who want to see ourselves and others reach our potential. We push ourselves and those we care about to do anything we believe we can.

  • Peddie faculty: Peddie teachers are super-accessible. They really care about each of their students and really want to see them do well. They're very willing to work with us and provide us the tools we need to be successful.

  • Peddie Day Student Prefects: Just like boarders, day students have an adjustment period with its own challenges. Day student prefects are assigned to work with 3-4 new students to help them along the way, especially at the start of the year. It's a great way to help day students get acclimated to Peddie life.

  • Peddie Students: Peddie students are adaptive. We face challenges and find support among our friends and others in the community, and we work through them - and we're better for it.

Spotlight: Peddie Theater

It's not that common for students to come to high school knowing exactly what they want to do. When I arrived at Peddie, I knew I had a passion for theater. It was very small at the time, but it was still something I knew I wanted to do.

Peddie theater has its own sense of community; just like the sports and robotics teams do. It's a great feeling.

Over the course of my time at Peddie, I've participated in several really great plays and musicals that have definitely been unlike anything I've ever done in the past. Together, we've done some pretty amazing shows, like the "Broadway Tonight" showcase where I sang a song as King George from the musical "Hamilton." It was unlike any high school production - so lively and fun, and so well-received by the community.

I intend to continue performing when I am in college and I am confident that Peddie Theater has prepared me well to excel in my passion for performing!