March Student of the Month | Matthew Armijo

Hello Everyone, 

My name is Matthew Armijo. I’m from the small town of Belen, New Mexico, about a three hour drive north from Cruces on I-25. I’m majoring in Chemical Engineering. Science and math have always been fun and interesting to me, especially chemistry.There are several reasons why I chose to come to NMSU. I was very impressed by the chemical engineering program that’s offered here. It was right on par or even better than the programs of the big-name schools that I was accepted into, and the faculty and professors cared about their undergrad students much more. The scholarship offered to me through the honors college was also very influential. It was many times better than the financial aid packages offered to me by all the other schools I applied to. These combined made NMSU a pretty obvious decision for me. Once I graduate with my bachelor’s in chemical engineering, I want to go work in industry for a few years at least and build up my skill set while doing what I enjoy. At some point I would like to return to school and pursue a master’s degree. Later in my life I want to open up my own brewery, possibly using the skills I want to acquire through the CHEM-E Brewery Engineering program. 

I’m currently a part of the NMSU student chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). Many of the CHEM-E undergrad students are a part of it. We have lots of service opportunities, science and engineering demonstrations for children, and fun social events. It’s super great and all the students within it are very passionate about what we do. Another interesting thing that I’m apart of within AIChE is CHEM-E Car. We design a car that runs off a chemical reaction and must go a certain distance with a weight payload, and then we take it to the regional AIChE conference where we compete against other schools and their cars.Whenever I’m not in school or at work, you can usually find me hanging out with my friends in my dorm room. Aside from that, I also like to play guitar and skate, especially around campus. But really, I’m open to try almost anything, whether it be a new food or activity, I’m always looking to try new things.

What I like about the Honors College is that the Honors courses offered by the honors college are a great way to enhance both your learning and your resume. The class size is quite a bit smaller than the regular class would be, and the professors that teach them are among the best at the university. Because of the small class size, there’s more of an opportunity to be able to ask questions and go more in-depth about the topics. You really feel like you understand the topics better, instead of just learning the necessary basics. The staff and professors at the honors college are there to help you succeed. They’re all incredibly friendly and helpful, any problems that you could potentially run into, they’re always willing to try and help. By being a part of the honors college, you’re setting yourself apart as a highly disciplined and motivated student who wants not only to succeed, but to be the best at whatever it is that you do. 

My advice to students preparing for their future is it’s never too early to start preparing. The achievements and skills that you acquire at this point in your life will be useful to you in the future. Just because you think that you might be unqualified or unprepared for something, don’t let that stop you from trying. If you can get ahead now, you’ll have the advantage over your peers when the time comes that you need to differentiate yourself from them in order to achieve your goals.




Favorite Song: I would say my favorite song probably changes day-to-day, but one of the songs I enjoy the most is “Someday” by The Strokes. Not only is a really great song, it also brings back a lot of great memories for me and I can’t help but smile and sing whenever I hear it.

Favorite Quote: “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin


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