Matt Hillman ’18
Post Falls, Idaho
Matt Hillman

Future physician

With medical school on his radar, Matt is setting himself up for success by coupling a biology health professions major with a minor in chemistry. He’s also a member of the college’s Future Physicians Club and is a tutor in the Peer Learning Center. Outside the classroom, he competes on the men’s basketball and track and field teams.

Slam dunk
When I was looking to further my education, I knew I wanted a smaller college—one with an excellent academic reputation and Christian environment—where I could continue playing basketball. Soon after visiting Northwestern, I knew it could provide me those things and so much more.

Passionate profs
I appreciate the biology department faculty because they truly invest in their students and are passionate about the subjects they teach. They want to see you succeed and will do whatever it takes to get you there. I also appreciate how flexible and understanding they are. As an athlete, my schedule is often full, and they really do their best to help me work around conflicts and stay on top of coursework.

Learning in community
One of the strengths of the biology department is how the professors help students realize their full potential. Though the coursework in the sciences is often difficult, Northwestern has created an environment that fosters learning and enables students to be successful. The faculty and tutors are always there to help you, and if you put in the time, it’s often very rewarding. The Peer Learning Center has been an especially huge asset. Going there is very encouraging because even though you may struggle with a subject, someone is always there to take the time to work with you.

O Coly Night
The community at Northwestern is truly one of a kind, and the dorms are a great experience. One of my favorite memories so far has been Coly Christmas. Every December, each wing in Colenbrander Hall picks a theme and does their best to win the votes of fellow students by acting, singing and decorating. Winning Coly Christmas this past year was an awesome experience and really brought our wing closer together as a group.