Matthew Fielding-Rivera and his girlfriend

Hello! My Name Is…

My name is Matthew! I have 2 jobs. I work full time for the University of Virginia Health System as a Patient Access Coordinator for the Revenue Cycle. My other job is being the General Manager of a DJ Company, tellAplay Entertainment. Born and raised in Fluvanna County, and now residing in Charlottesville. My hobbies include going to new restaurants around town, going to the movies, and playing Pokémon Go. 😊

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree here at Averett University?

My motivation for getting my degree at Averett is not only for me, but for my future family. I am going to be settling down in a couple of years with the love of my life. That means I need to do all I can to make sure I take care of and put my family first. Plus, who doesn’t want their name framed on a diploma with that classy Old English font.

Why did you choose Averett University’s Graduate & Professional Studies program?

I chose the GPS Program because it made the most sense and works with my busy schedule. I was recommended to apply to Averett by a family friend who graduated with his degree, and his daughter is also graduating with a degree. Once I applied, I had talked with my Student Success Coach and they really are there to help you and motivate you to chase your goals.

How has your degree from Averett University assisted you in your career?

I haven’t gotten my degree yet, but I am making strides to make it happen “soon.” By “soon” I mean a couple of more years, but not everyone’s journey is the same. It took a lot of ups and downs to get this far. And once I get the degree, I am going to feel so much pride in myself and proud to be a Cougar for life!

What advice would you share for current and incoming students in Averett University’s GPS Program?

Advice I would give is first buy yourself a daily planner, or at least be tech savvy enough with the calendar on your phone. You are going to want to write in due dates for assignments, start and end dates for your classes, and don’t wait until last minute to do all your work. Time management is key. If you ever have questions use your resources, email your teacher, give a random call to your Student Success Coach to remind you why you are there and what your goals are. You got this, remember that!

You got this, remember that!

What keeps you motivated while in your degree program?

My motivation is that it is no longer about me, yes this is my degree but I have so many people in my corner that have always seen something in me that I could never see. It took a lot of trial and error to find a program that worked for me. That’s why I am so motivated to complete the Averett GPS Program, so all those people that believe in me can see the man I know I can be.

What is your anticipated date of graduation?

My anticipated if I go all out with the program would be Fall 2021, but it is important to always take time for yourself. I’m still fresh in the GPS Program, so every semester I talk to my coach and we make a plan that will keep me on track. I look forward to the day that I can walk across the stage and say “Not only did I do it, but everyone here did it! GO COUGARS!”

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