Erik Matthews

Physical Therapy

Hometown: Galway, NY

Graduating Year: 2022

Favorite Food: Homemade spaghetti and meatballs

Involvement: Honors Program, Trustee Scholar Program, Student Alumni Ambassador, Men's Soccer

Why did you choose Daemen?

My decision to attend Daemen College was very easy. First and foremost, the Daemen community is extremely friendly and helpful. I have met so many amazing new friends as well as faculty in just one semester! Secondly, the physical therapy program is outstanding and the professor to student ratio is very small. Coming from a smaller high school, I did not want to feel overwhelmed with large class sizes and just be assigned a number. I definitely made the right choice because I have great relationships with my professors, and my largest class is a lecture of about 30 students. Finally, I was given the opportunity to play soccer at the Division II level and granted a prestigious Trustee Scholarship. All of these amazing aspects combined made my decision to attend Daemen quite simple.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?

There are many things I could say to a prospective Daemen student, but the most important thing is that Daemen will be your next home. Coming to college can be a very difficult and nerve-racking transition, but the community of Daemen college makes this transitions so easy. There are so many resources available at Daemen to aid in your success. Whether it be academic, or emotional support, the faculty, staff, and even students here will do anything to help students in need.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor thus far at Daemen is definitely Doctor Roth. Dr. Roth is my Biology 109 Lab Professor, and although I only have lab once a week, she is always extremely helpful and kind. She is constantly in a cheerful mood, and wants her students to have fun during their lab sections. Dr. Roth is an adjunct professor here at Daemen, but constantly sets aside time to work with students if they need it. She is the ultimate superhuman when it comes to multitasking and gives you great feedback on lab reports. Dr. Roth makes a long two hour lab feel like thirty minutes.  

What is your most memorable moment at Daemen?

My most memorable moment at Daemen was most likely the last soccer game of the season where we beat regionally ranked St. Thomas Aquinas 4 to 0. It was our senior night and the first game that both my parents and sister were able to attend. It was a cold and rainy October afternoon and we were several players short due to injury and other ineligibilities. Long story short, we played phenomenally, and it was my first multi-goal game of the season. Scoring for the team was the best feeling in the world. Just a week after our team’s big win, myself and another freshman goalkeeper were awarded ECC weekly honors to add to the celebration.

What excites you most about being a Tour Guide?

Talking to prospective students is definitely the most exciting aspect of being a tour guide here at Daemen. When I was a prospective student, I built great relationships with my tour guides, who I surprisingly talk to now that I am a student! On my first tour, I discovered that my tour guide’s mom went to high school with my dad. These relationships were what truly made my visits to Daemen College unforgettable. I would love to get to know prospective students just as my tour guides did and inform them on all of the wonderful things Daemen has to offer.

How has Daemen changed/shaped your life?

Daemen has allowed me to grow in areas of my life that I never thought were possible. I have become a much more independent, yet outgoing individual. I have also learned to manage my time much more efficiently, and dig deeper into my academic knowledge. I have been pushed to my limits both academically and athletically and as a result I have experienced an extreme amount of growth.