Name: Matt Rebholz
Position: International Admissions Evaluator
Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and what was your route to Portland State University?
I'm originally from Arizona, but I've been here almost seven years now. After living and working near PSU for awhile, I fell in love with the campus and decided to attend.
How long have you been working for EMSA and what positions have you had or currently have?
I began working in the admissions mail room as a student in 2011. I graduated in June, and in October I was very happy to be hired back as an international admissions evaluator.
What is your major/degree (past or current) and why did you choose it?
I just got my BA in applied linguistics from PSU, and my first was in Japanese language. Language is great because it allows you to see both the diversity and commonality that humanity offers, and it has a practical use as well. It's frustrating sometimes, but I enjoy the challenge of it!
What do you like about working at EMSA?
I love that my work environment is friendly, collaborative, relaxed, and also does some good for the community. Everyone is welcomed and plays their role, from the student workers to the veterans who have worked here for years.
What is a time you had the most fun on the job?
In the mail room, we loved to laugh at the odd things people would send us. Most recently, I think they got a pair of pants from Ghana!
What is your favorite weekend activity?
I like cooking on weekends, especially for gatherings with friends. I'm still learning techniques, recipe by recipe, but it's fun!
Where is your favorite place in Portland and why?
It's hard to name just one place as a favorite, but I love walking around downtown. I grew up in a suburban area, so the urban environment is an exciting challenge, yet it's not so big and bustling that it overwhelms me.
What is the last book that you read?
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, by Alain De Botton
If you could travel to any 3 locations, real or fictional, where would they be?
Spain, Japan (for the third time), or anywhere in Southeast Asia or the Pacific Islands
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I'd like to be here in my current position (only much more knowledgeable!), helping PSU achieve its goals while it helps me achieve mine.