Peter T. Schock

Peter Schock

Student Trustee and voted one of the 29 most influential students in the state higher education system

Major: Finance OLD

Minor: Leadership & Civic Engagement

Hometown: Chatham, MA

"Friends and colleagues here have driven me to new heights."
What have you learned that's made a difference to you?

You need to be an empathetic listener before taking action. Make sure you have facts, perspectives, and credible input before making a decision. There are reasons people come from different viewpoints. If you understand the cause, it’s usually easier to find a solution.


These lessons all came from one of my mentors, Student Affairs Associate Vice Chancellor Dave Milstone. He has made the largest single impact on me in my college experience. He never tries to sway my decisions; he only wants me to make informed decisions. Honestly, I would not be who I am today without him.

Tell us about your internship and how it impacted you.

Interning for Gordon Brothers Group was a huge component of my education. Taking knowledge from the classroom and applying it in the Gordon Brothers' office made my last year here extremely valuable. From the work I was doing, to the people that I was working with, I could not have had a better educational and growth opportunity in college. Executives took the time to explain things to me and were interested in me and challenged me in my work.


I believe that all students should have an internship experience to tie the concepts of school into a true education. I have this internship and the people at Gordon Brothers to thank for my success with finding the start of a career in the Finance Training Program at EMC.

What advice would you like to share with future students?

If you don’t like something about your experience, change it. I came here four years ago and decided to make my own college experience. I was unhappy with my initial time here, and now I'm graduating as a huge advocate for this school. UMass Dartmouth has had a large impact on my life, and hopefully I’ve made an impact on the university, too.

Who would you like to thank?

I am greatly appreciative to many people for my success at UMass Dartmouth. My family deserves more than appreciation for their continued support in anything and everything I do. My parents are my heroes, and my siblings are my best friends.


While here, friends and colleagues have driven me to new heights.


I'd like to thank professors such as Anderson, White, Vasu, and Avedikian for all of their insight and help. I'd also like to thank Administration, in particular Dave Milstone, Matt Roy, and John Hoey for support and backing every day.


Another person who has made an everlasting impact on my life is Ann Valentino, who works in the Student Affairs Office. She helps me in almost everything I do.