Peter Schock

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Major: Finance OLD

Hometown: Chatham, MA

"Any person could thrive here--because the opportunities are available."
What makes UMass Dartmouth special?

What makes UMass Dartmouth special is that it's a meritocracy. It's one place that a student can honestly rise or fall based on their work. Every semester, whether it be school or an organization, any person could thrive here—because the opportunities are available.

Tell us about a great experience you've had.

I am on the National Youth Leadership Council for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I have met extremely interesting and inspirational people that motivate me everyday. This position has empowered me to speak up for what I believe in.

What have you learned that's made a difference to you?

Leadership theories are by far the most useful knowledge I've learned in the classroom. These theories are extremely useful when having to deal with people in the real world.

What has been your greatest challenge?

When I came to school here, I was coming back from being really sick, and I had to relearn how to walk. The physical demand was extremely challenging for me. I learned a lot about how lucky I am to be mobile

What's one thing at UMass Dartmouth that no student should miss?

No student should miss breakfast in the Commuter Café. The breakfast sandwiches and omelets are great, but the two ladies that cook them are the nicest people. They brighten everyone's mornings, and they truly care about the students. If you know it's going to be a tough day, breakfast in the Commuter Café is the best way to start it off.