Matthew DiMinno

Matt DiMinno

Hometown: Hackensack, NJ
Major: Biology, Pre-Med track
Minor: History
Class Year: 2023

Why I Chose Stetson:

Stetson left me with the impression of a place where people like to help others, and that really stuck with me. From the moment I took my first tour here as a transfer student, everyone in Admissions really went above and beyond to accommodate my family and I. I was given so much by people that I knew so little, and that notion of kindness humbled me. I knew that if I was accepted, I would want to repay those people back--and that's what I have been doing ever since I got my acceptance letter.

Involvements on Campus:

VP of Hatter Harvest (Stetson's Gardening Club), FOCUS Orientation Leader, Member of the Student Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences, Biology/Chemistry Tutor, Student Ambassador Captain, and gardener for the Gillespie Museum

What I Like to Do on Weekends:

Weekends are my chance to reset from the week, so I have a loose routine that I like to follow. I wake up, make some gourmet coffee with my Chemex (or one of my other brewers--as I have a few), I listen to some folk music, and then go to the Hatter Harvest garden to work around a bit. Once the work is done, I sit in one of the chairs by the Environmental Learning Center and just try to immerse myself in nature within that moment. The peace and joy the quiet brings me is what keeps me refreshed and ready to start another week.

My Favorite Class at Stetson:

My favorite class at Stetson thus far has to be the History of American Healthcare taught by Paul Croce PhD. The class delved into old American history and see what medical practices were used on patients from the time period of the Revolutionary War to current times. It is alarming to see how much medical progress was made up until WW2, but even more alarming just how little progress has been made since then!

Advice to Prospective Students:

Always do what you are good at. It is good to do something you enjoy, but sometimes that can be hard if you aren't terribly great at that one thing. If you do what you are good at and know that you did a good job, it is much easier to come around and enjoy it!

Favorite Place on Campus:

The Hatter Harvest garden is definitely my favorite spot, as it is far enough away from most life on campus that I can enjoy some peace. However, the garden is extremely accessible due to its location by the Gillespie Museum!