Edition 3 - Matthew Kline

posted Apr 21, 2017, 5:42 AM by Sierra Stevens   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 7:09 PM ]

By Sierra Stevens

His High School Experience:

Matthew Kline would describe his high school experience as “...very telling of his future". He became involved in theatre by trying out for “Alice in Wonderland” his junior year. “I used to be very shy and not very outgoing. Theatre turned me around, in a bit of a way. It got me to talk to more people and get more involved. I started feeling a lot more like myself.” Matthew was also editor in chief of the Orange and Black his senior year. He said the Orange and Black was “a beckon for where I would be in the future, and what I’d be doing and, how involved I would get and what direction I would take my life.” As soon as Matthew got to college, he became Assistant Editor at the school paper and was in a play. “Joining the paper made me realize I wanted to switch to communication journalism, while theatre brought along the greatest friends I could ever ask for.”

On Finding the College He Attended:

“I knew I was going to stay in state, but I did want to get far enough away from Hanover to get a different experience.” Matthew was accepted to Penn State York, Shippensburg, and Millersville and he attended tours of all of them. “Shippensburg was the lowest on my list. I just wasn’t interested, but I got accepted so I figured I would go check it out. It wasn’t a big tour, it was just a small group of people. We went to campus, and for whatever reason, it clicked and I absolutely fell in love with it. I still can’t pinpoint what it was...I just knew this was exactly where I wanted to go.”

The Transition from High School to College:

In transitioning from high school to college, Matthew says everything is on your shoulders. “High school is very structured. It’s A to B to C to D, back-to-back, the same thing everyday. With college, you’re making your own schedule, picking your own classes, and deciding what extracurricular activities you want to do. It’s a little bit of a system shock.” He says a lot of people focus on the parental aspect of college, leaving your family and going out on your own. Matthew, however, felt as though the biggest change was deciding for himself where to take his freedoms and how to focus them.

On the Hardest Part of College:

Matthew says general education classes were the classes he struggled in most. General education classes include basic math and english classes which aren’t focused on your major. “You think it’s like high school again, I want to be in a class where I’m out interviewing people, or I’m working on a video project, or I’m taking photos, but here I am, sitting in a classroom with a pen and paper. The knowledge you learn in general education classes is good, very practical knowledge, but I soon realized, that I wanted to be moving on to do what I wanted with my career.”

On High School and College Advice:

Matthew’s advice is to take a chance. “Absolutely dive in. If you have the smallest inkling of feeling, “Oh, I think I want to try this’, absolutely do it. It will change your life,” he says. It isn’t always going to turn out how you planned. “You’re going to find stuff you love and stuff you hate, but you’re going to college for new experiences and to get yourself out into the world, so you want to dive in and try new things.” Kline also advises not to be so anxious about things. “All the mistakes you made, successes that you have in college, are very important, no matter how bad or good they are, because they form what comes to be you, after college. Things will pan out, as long as you keep a good head on your shoulders, just focus on driving yourself and being the best you can be. It’ll all be fine.”

Where Matthew Is Now:

Matthew now works for the Goodwill Keystone Area as a marketing coordinator. He focuses on a lot of internal and some external communication along with basic marketing. “Working at a non-profit is a dream for anyone in the communications field. They help a lot of people and it’s great to be able to work somewhere, doing what you love, and being very passionate about it.”