Michael Martinez Wants to Set Positive Example in Student Commencement Speech
For Michael Martinez, speaking at Saturday’s Commencement ceremony is a chance to send a positive message to his class and encourage others to work toward their dreams.
The Architecture student will speak during the second Commencement event at 1:00 p.m. Sarah Williamson, Construction Management, will speak at 10:00 a.m.
Martinez talks about his Wentworth career with us, reflecting on transformational co-op experiences and what advice he would offer incoming students.
What attracted you to speaking at this year’s commencement ceremony?
As we all know, it’s been an overall rough year. I wanted to have the opportunity to send a positive message to the graduating class and to the rest of the Wentworth community while also getting a chance to represent my culture and show other students like me that graduating college was not an impossible dream. I'm from Dominican Republic and I wanted to encourage other underrepresented minorities to work toward their dreams and ambitions, regardless of the trials and tribulations along the way.
As you look back on your time at Wentworth, is there anything you’re particularly proud of?
I would say that I’m particularly proud of my growth as a student, especially in my digital abilities. I initially struggled with the different programs we had to learn, but over the years I have made significant progress compared to my freshman year.
Where did you complete your co-ops? Any memories of those experiences?
I was fortunate enough to have two great co-ops and work with kind, positive and insightful colleagues. My first co-op was at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design working with the building services department. My second co-op was working with Professor Samuel Maddox of Make/Do Studio on several projects and research. I can’t say enough great things about these two work opportunities and I’m endlessly grateful for both.
What advice do you have for incoming students planning to attend Wentworth for the first time in the fall?
Dedicate time toward your mind and body and create a healthy balance between work and play. It’s important to push yourself as a student to grow, but make sure to rest and treat yourself in moderation.
What are your plans for right after graduation?
My plans post-graduation would be to continue gaining knowledge and experience in the field by working at an architecture firm, or any other work environment where I can continue to grow, and eventually return to Wentworth to complete my master’s degree.