Transitioning from 30,000 students (University of Colorado, Boulder) to 3,000 students (Westminster) was quite the change for Matthew Hardy, but the overall community at Westminster was exactly what Matt needed to thrive academically. He is graduating from Westminster with a 3.96 GPA, Summa Cum Laude. Matthew is also part of the Alpha Chi honor society, Finance Club (CFA), and Golf team.
Joining the golf team, the CFA team, and participating in the May term experience in Spain on the Camino de Santiago, created three additional families within an already close-knit community for Matthew. He created lifelong memories during his time on the golf team. Spending four years with those amazing people will be something that he will cherish forever.
He received a Westminster gold star for winning the CFA Challenge in Utah and competed at nationals in New York as the research analyst - first team to ever win from Westminster. This annual educational initiative promotes best practices in equity research through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills. The Target Company was Energy Solutions (ES). He was responsible for the ‘Valuation’ component and the presentation.
With a love of traveling, Matthew backpacked across northern Spain for a 2010 May Term trip. The course was designed as a journey (mostly by foot, with train and bus segments) that followed the historic Camino Francés (French Way) to the cathedral and shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain. This famous walk-La Peregrinación del Camino de Santiago de Compostela, or “the Pilgrimage of the Way of Saint James of Compostela” has been, and still is, traveled by thousands of pilgrims, or peregrinos. The two integrated courses - Spanish and Math - offered a broad perspective on the political, social, economic, linguistic, cultural, and scientific context of the road to Santiago and on the idea of pilgrimage itself. He also participated in “Semester at Sea!” at Westminster and in a STA World traveler internship.
Matthew attended the University Venture Fund’s Annual University Private Equity Summit (UVF) for a finance conference his junior and senior year. UVF is the leading student-run venture capital fund with more student associates than any other fund in the world and gathers the brightest minds in private equity, including thought leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and students from more than 50 schools across the nation. They bridge the gap between the classroom and the real-world of private equity investing. He has also attended an Adobe Summit conference through his other internship at Kevin Winzeler Photography.
Westminster surrounded Matthew in an amazing combination of people that helped foster his success. “From friends to professors and the community as a whole. The professors genuinely cared about my success and actually knew my name unlike many other colleges and universities. It became my ‘home’ – a place I felt comfortable, one that allowed me to be confident and accomplish anything I put my mind to. It allowed me to remain curious, to embrace learning, and to always be open to new things. It provided me opportunities that pushed my intellect and allowed me to stand out from my peers,” he said.
The two-hour class schedule allowed him to immerse himself in the outdoors, clear his mind, work out, and stay healthy - in addition to some of the best powder days on the mountain. This increased his focus and concentration in the classroom while preserving his passion for adventure.
Before Matthew seeks a full-time position, he plans to backpack in South America for three months. His ultimate plan though, is inspire others to push their limits and realize their true potential to create a better world. “Life’s only limitations are the ones we make.”