While Matthew Kilduff is no longer president of Student Senate, he is not slacking off either as the current chair of External Affairs.
Though Kilduff’s role in the Senate is certainly less demanding than his previous office, the University of Rhode Island senior wanted to be sure he was still helping students, even though he was moving to a house in Narragansett for his final year.
“I was coming off being president so I was trying to stick around in some regard,” Kilduff said. “I felt [external affairs] would be a cool way to make some changes and be relevant to my life at the time.”
Kilduff joined senate in his freshman year as he thought hands-on experience with laws would aid him with his then-dream of becoming a lawyer. While he has changed his plans since, the senator still feels it has been a very fulfilling job.
“It’s just a great way to give back to the school,” he said. Kilduff also likes how dynamic the job makes his life.
“I don’t think there’s a time I walk into the office where something new hasn’t happened,” he said. “I don’t really like routine too much so it’s nice to constantly be on your toes.”
Kilduff’s term as president was a stressful one, primarily due to the debate over arming campus police, but he certainly does not regret holding the role.
“Being president was the single best experience I’ve had coming here, without a doubt, in terms of how much I’ve learned, how much I grew and how much I was actually able to do,” he said. “I really liked how I had kind of a hand in everything. I definitely felt like I had a major say in what went on in the university.”
Though he was also excited about the changes the Senate made to how student organizations are categorized, Kilduff said his greatest achievement as president was being able to inspire his chairs to do great things.
“I think that people who have been presidents of organizations really understand that it’s not really you,” he said. “It’s everyone around you.”
In addition to his role as external affairs chair, Kilduff is also involved in Greek life. He is a member of Zeta Beta Tau and is the secretary of URI’s Interfraternity Council. He has also been a student orientation leader for the last three years.
While his plans for the future are not set in stone, Kilduff is thinking of working at a college.
“I’m definitely going to graduate school for either college student personnel or economics,” he said. “But either way, I would love to teach and do work in college administration, particularly in student affairs.”
Though the degree in economics he is working toward will not necessarily be specific to his future career, Kilduff is sure the knowledge he has gained will be useful.
“I think economics is just really interesting to me,” Kilduff said. “Everything I’ve learned in my classes I think I can apply to my life even if it has nothing to do with my profession.”
Overall, Kilduff said what he loves most about URI are the opportunities it provides students.
“I’ve always been pretty motivated, but I’ve never been told ‘no’ by any administrator, professor or anyone who works in the school,” he said. “I’ve always had a lot of support and I think that’s true of everyone else. If you go out and you want to do something at URI, you will 100 percent be able to do it.”