Daemen student Mateo Astudillo

Mateo Astudillo


Hometown: Greece, NY

Graduating Year: 2022

Who inspires me the most: Barack Obama

Involvement: Men’s Soccer, Society of Multicultural Students in the Sciences


Why did you choose Daemen?

Being a senior in high school, it’s a challenging decision to make where you’ll spend the next four years to start your career. However, coming to visit and learn about Daemen was a great experience, eased a lot of anxiety about college with its welcoming atmosphere. Daemen’s sciences program was also a perfect fit for my long term goals of going into the medical field. Coupled with a offer to play here, I realized with its small class sizes, easy assimilation to social life, great professor to student relationships, Daemen was the perfect place to grow both academically, athletically, and as a person as a whole.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?

Try to evaluate what you truly want out of a college. Then try looking at the college holistically by what they offer academically and socially as well get a feeling for the college. With enough information from research and visits, you should be able to visualize being there to understand whether or not that college is a good fit.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor has to be my chemistry lab professor Swartz. He’s very intimidating at first, but as the semester goes on, he’s actually a very nice guy, especially if you see him during office hours. Although at first he may seem like he’s trying to fail you, but he’s just trying to make you the best student you can be and truly have an understanding of the material. The workload can be a lot, and some of the experiments can be difficult, but through taking his class I have a deeper understanding of chemistry and become a better student altogether.

What is your most memorable moment at Daemen?

My most memorable moment has to be arriving on campus for the first time for soccer preseason. I was very excited to get started with new life here at Daemen and it was the first time leaving home and being on my own. I was also able to meet my teammates who were very welcoming and would be most of my closest friends here on campus.

What excites you most about being a tour guide?

I’m eager to interact with young and excited prospective students and show them around Daemen. I really hope to help, in some way, with their college process as I know from experience it can be difficult and long journey just getting there. In doing this, I hope I can help truly understand whether or not Daemen is the right fit and make the best decision for them.

How has Daemen changed or shaped your life?

The college experience as a whole really changes you, even after just one semester. I’ve met diverse groups of people from different backgrounds and different cultures that I’ve had the pleasure to interact with. Meeting so many different types of people you learn how engage with others who are different from yourself on a whole new level. Also, college academics is a lot more rigorous than what your use to, and the course load can just keeping piling. Trying to balance academics and a social life requires a great deal of discipline and scheduling that you learn from being here. By learning these skills, you’ll be able to have the best college experience that you can have.