Here's more about Matvey, a Running Start student who will earn his high school diploma and Associate of Arts Degree simultaneously on his way to the University of Washington.
“Teachers here really do help.”
— Matvey Sineev, Running Start, Associate of Arts
Why Edmonds CC? I try to take the “high path.” As soon as college became an option I decided to jump for it. Edmonds Community College is well known in this community for its excellence as a strong and serious community college, when it comes to preparing people for the next thing in life.
Why now? As my family and I immigrated here from Europe, it’s been my job to secure a good footing for my future. And the future of my (later) kids! I pressure myself to do well even when I know that I may not fully understand the whole process. Going to community college has prepared me for my future and tossed me a step ahead like nothing else in this world can.
Before college: My family and I came from Minsk, Belarus to Seattle with $12,000, a suitcase and no English. I was three years old and fascinated by people who sounded, behaved, and smelled different than me. The motivation I saw in my parents through our first years in America taught me to work hard, live a fulfilling life and make good connections with other people.
High school: Meadowdale — I swam for the boys swim team and I played violin in the Chamber Orchestra.
Working as: a Lifeguard at the City of Lynnwood Recreation Center. And I have been an English tutor at Edmonds Community College for over a year now. I love my jobs!
Best college experience: Besides gaining the tools to really organize myself into a successful individual and seeing how much it has been paying off already, my commute has consistently been the best part of my day. I bike to school and it provides me with a good challenge, a way to avoid using gasoline and instead have a good recreational experience. See my legs?
Favorite class: The first class I ever took at the college. It was a Coordinated Studies class, and honest to goodness I thought that I would hate it. Coordinated Studies is when two instructors get together and teach two classes in one. In this case my class was English and Biology. I am pretty serious with my learning, and I thought this sounded like a joke. I thought each would detract everything else from the other. It is very much not a joke. Edmonds Community College has this kind of teaching nailed down.
Recommended college resource: Faculty — Whenever I had an important question to ask, whether it was about classes or on-campus opportunities, I went to the people that make this school alive. I would go to faculty offices and speak directly to teachers when things worried me. For someone who was trying to organize and become successful, this was the most helpful tool in campus. Teachers here really do help.
Advice for new students: Try new things. Community college is a place to learn. People go to universities unprepared and because of this end up wasting years and spending billions of dollars on courses that they realized they later didn’t need, didn’t like, didn’t help them realize their goals fast enough, and were just filling in the gaps of their schedule. Also, bike to college, and take some Coordinated Studies. Get inspired with life.
Interests: I enjoy places with people; Boy Scouts (I’m an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster with troop 67), Lynnwood Rotary and church are great. I like hiking, camping, biking; I’m an outdoors kind of guy. I spend a lot of time enjoying our corner of the world when I’m not working. Ever since I first moved here, I have loved to go out into Seattle for the markets and the food and the walking. The Pacific Northwest in general has a very appealing mix of culture on top of its wonderful natural setting.
On my iPod: Son Dambi + After School
Movie: Rush Hour
Book: Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Video game: Star Wars: Clone Wars
What’s next: University of Washington
Educational goal: Master’s in Business Administration — with the plan to gain skills that support my family and create jobs and opportunity for other people.