Mattie Smyth
Mattie Smyth

Mattie Smyth

Journalism - Public Relations Major
Class of 2017
Walla Walla, Wash.

Creighton Extracurricular Activities

What excited you most about choosing Creighton as your university?

Creighton was the only school I applied to. Even though I hadn’t visited the campus or stepped foot on Midwest soil, I knew that Creighton was the school for me and was excited to take that leap of faith into a new chapter of my life. I knew that Creighton would educate my whole self and allow me the opportunities to create my own experience. Choosing Creighton was a risk. But I have never have a regretted my decision.

What opportunities have made your Creighton experience unique and valuable?

Coming from so far away and not knowing anyone, I took advantage of getting involved early. I was that freshman at the involvement fair who signed her name on every sheet. While I can’t say that I am still committed to every single organization, I can say that I have found my niche and what I am truly passionate about. I was involved in the Freshman Leadership Program (FLP), which allowed me to gain the confidence and support to pursue other leadership roles on campus. I gained a sense of community right away and have never looked back. Because of FLP, I felt ready and qualified to apply for an executive position within the Creighton Students Union. My sophomore year I became the vice president for programming and was immediately immersed in all things student activities related. This is where I really found my passion. The opportunity to engage in such a demanding role on campus allows me to create connections with administrators, supplement my learning with practical experience and work to better the student experience of every Bluejay.

What do you think sets Creighton apart from other Universities?

Being a Bluejay is so much more than bleeding blue at sporting events. Being a Bluejay means having each other’s back. It means making lasting connections on a campus where no one is a stranger. It means setting the bar high and reaching it. It means surrounding yourself with people who urge you to do more. Being a Bluejay means being a part of a community that is personally interested in your success.

From your experience, what do you feel are Creighton’s strengths in preparing students for their future?

Creighton faculty and staff work tirelessly to educate the whole person (cura personalis). Every day I have been urged to do more and dream big (magis). Having service as such a big aspect of campus life has also taught me a lot about myself and the world (men and women for and with others). All of the Jesuit values are critical aspects of Creighton life. Creighton does an incredible job of setting you up for success and presenting students with the right opportunities to expand their horizons.