Why Greensboro?

Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2013 by admin under Community Engagement, Students, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , ,

By: Matt Barrett
Matt Barrett Graduate Assistant for Communications


In second grade, I was taught how to write a story.  It was supposed to begin with: “Hi, my name is so-and-so.”  In the third grade, I was taught to forget I ever learned that.  Yet when I started writing this blog, I couldn’t help but think, “Hi, my name is Matt Barrett and I’m the new graduate assistant for The Graduate School’s communications and Horizons publication.”  So this is how I’ll begin.

For the last two years, I’ve had my eyes on UNC Greensboro.  It has consistently produced one of the top creative writing programs in the country, and all I’ve ever wanted to do is write.  Plus in 2012 I met some of the creative writing students and couldn’t have been more impressed with the group, both as thinkers and as human beings.  I’ve always pictured creative writers as brooding recluses who hardly leave their parents’ basement, but Greensboro proved me wrong.  For the sake of my own sanity, I’m grateful for this clarification.

It’s been two years since I last went to school, and I cannot wait to get started.  After graduating from Gettysburg College with an English degree, I was hired at a telephone company in Doylestown, PA, a small town north of Philadelphia where I’ve lived most of my life.  For a year and a half I took support calls, trying to sound like a tech-wizard—but after my boss discovered that this was not my one true passion, I was told to “pursue my dreams,” which meant moving to Chapel Hill with my girlfriend and trying to write.  So here I am today.

I already feel like I belong at UNC Greensboro, and I think that says a lot about the school.  I get the sense that students are not just a “number,” and that the faculty and staff are here because they want to be here.  It took me a couple years to figure out which direction to go after college, and I think I’ve finally found the answer.  But I realize that I’m already starting to sound sappy, and no one wants to read that in a blog.

Anyway, this is a truly exciting experience for me, and I look forward to everything that lies ahead.  We have a great school year approaching us, and I am so happy to share it with you.  I will do my best to find the most interesting UNC Greensboro news and report it in a way that’s worth reading.  If you have an idea for a Horizons story or a blog post, feel free to send it my way—not only because I care what you have to say, but because it will make my job at least a tiny bit easier.

Ideas and suggestions can be sent to: Horizons@uncg.edu.