Matthew Rich ‘19

An Education that Spans Three Colleges at UNH
UNH genetics major Matthew Rich '19

If you are curious about how to balance the demands of one major and two minors that are all in different colleges at UNH, ask Matthew Rich ’19. The genetics major from Woodstock, Conn. is also minoring in psychology and health management, with an eye on his goal to become a genetic counselor.

COLSA: Looking back on your time at UNH so far, what are you most proud of and why?

Matthew Rich: As a student pursuing a career in genetic counseling, I am proud of the preparation that I was able to achieve here at UNH. Since there is no genetic counseling program, I designed my education so that it would stretch across multiple disciplines. In addition to my genetics major I was able to fit in a minor in psychology as well as a minor in health management and policy. It was challenging to finish my education in four years while taking courses in three different colleges, but I feel that I am better prepared for my career because of it.

"The genetics program is large enough to provide numerous opportunities, while small enough that professors get to know all their students."

COLSA: Why did you choose your major?

Rich: Genetics is a quite uncommon undergraduate degree, but I am grateful that it brought me here to UNH. Genetics has allowed me to combine my academic interests in biology and chemistry with my passion for healthcare in a unique way.

COLSA: Any advice for students interested in your major?

Rich: Genetics is a great choice for a major because there are so many career paths that you can choose from. Students in this major go on to work as physician assistants, genetic counselors, laboratory technicians, researchers and more. The faculty do a great job at exposing you to every aspect of the field and preparing you for life after college. The genetics program is large enough to provide numerous opportunities, while small enough that professors get to know all their students.

COLSA: What are you planning to do after graduation?

Rich: Over the course of senior year, I applied and interviewed at graduate schools for a master’s in genetic counseling. Within the next few weeks I will be hearing back as to which program I will be attending.

COLSA: How is UNH preparing you to achieve your goals?

Rich: UNH does a great job at providing job and internship opportunities for students. I currently work for UNH Career and Professional Success as a career ambassador and events and employer relations intern. Through these positions I have obtained an incredible amount of knowledge and work experience.

COLSA: What do you love most about UNH?

Rich: I love that UNH feels like a small community. Everyone is involved in one way or another and cares about the success of the university.

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