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"If people are naturally equipped with diverse strengths and weaknesses, then nurturing humanity is something we ought to do—sharpening gifts and surpassing limitations to improve our country."
Director of Legislative Affairs, Student Government
"If people are naturally equipped with diverse strengths and weaknesses, then nurturing humanity is something we ought to do—sharpening gifts and surpassing limitations to improve our country," says Matthew Tuchman, director of legislative affairs for Florida State's Student Government.
This English major, with his gift for articulating social issues, has honed his writing and critical thinking skills through a "fruitful college experience." Academics have been a "serious priority" for Matthew. As a result, he has appeared on the President's List and has been invited to join three honor societies—Omicron Delta Kappa, Garnet and Gold Key, and the Order of Omega—and has been recognized with the nationally prestigious Who's Who Among Students.
Matthew believes he has been most effective working as the student body's lobbyist, a title he prefers not to use. "It carries a certain connotation, and my opinion has never been for sale. I have used my position as a catalyst to further the needs and interests of the students." He has also served as an associate lobbyist with the Florida Student Association, which represents the State University System's 300,000 students at the State Legislature and the Board of Governors.
If he had to choose which activity—community service, participation in public affairs, or involvement in the Greek Community—has helped him realize his full potential, he "must select" his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. Matthew explains, "We attempt to engage our brothers in the pursuit of four aspirations—scholars, leaders, athletes, and gentlemen. Pi Kappa has served me as a mentor would, while I strived to attain these goals." It was his fraternity that taught Matthew of the obligation to serve the community. Through the Center for Civic Education and Service, he has given over 400 hours in service.
For Matthew, graduation nears. The culmination of four years' hard work excites him, but he is also eager for what lies ahead. "I plan to obtain a joint degree in Law and Public Administration, specializing in Social Policy and focusing on Education."
Why this focus? "Education is the best investment a nation can make. It subsidizes economic development through innovations in science and research, and increases the probability of voter participation, civic engagement, and thus, democracy. I want to ensure that Education remains effective, affordable, and accessible."
That's our son, in whom we are most proud.