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Meet the Ambassador: Matthew Benson

Monday, February 11 2019 12:45pm

Matthew Benson shares his academic journey and experience at OHIO

By Meghan Morris

Name: Matthew Benson

Majors: Entrepreneurship

Class year: 2019

Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio

MattOur 2018-19 College of Business Ambassadors share stories about how the college has supported them throughout their academic journey. This week, we connected with Matthew Benson, a first-year ambassador.

Since starting his first business at 13 years old, Matthew Benson knew he would pursue a degree in entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneurship major at OHIO, he has veered off into different entrepreneurial directions, but has also found a deeper interest in how entrepreneurship can reshape a community.

As a College of Business ambassador, he wants to tell prospective students how great Ohio University would be for them.

“Too often the collegiate world overlooks the amazing things going on in little old Athens, Ohio,” he said. “It's time for a wake up call. I wanted to be apart of a team tasked with tackling that feat.”

Benson wants freshman to start their academic career by being energetic, vulnerable and open-minded because it’ll help them achieve career goals.

“When you bring passion and energy to you classes, your organizations, and the university as a whole, doors start to open because others will take notice. Allow yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. At OHIO, your ideas and perceptions of the world will be challenged and you have to be open to new world views because the reality is not a single person knows everything, nor is completely right.”

Below, Matthew Benson answers a few questions relating to his experiences on campus:

What extracurricular activities do you participate in?

I am a member of the Cutler Scholars Program, the College of Business Honors Program, the Presidential Leadership Society, the Student Alumni Board, and the College of Business Ambassadors Program.

What is one fun fact about you?

I've broken my big toe, and I'm running for president. #MattBenson2032

What’s your favorite spot on campus to study?

I am a HHHHUUUUGGGGGEEE FAN of Court Street Coffee. However, I heard this new innovation space (check out CoLab) is going to be sweet, so that may change.

College of Business Student Ambassadors are a select group of business majors who have been chosen to represent the college with prospective students and their families. Throughout the year, ambassadors share their experience with individuals through daily visits and Undergraduate Admissions visitor programs. For questions about the program or to reach a specific ambassador, email cobSA@ohio.edu.