Hello, and welcome to my eFolio page. My name is Tyler Schmatz and I am currently a Senior at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. In the spring of 2013, I will be obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Business and minor degrees in Communications and Marketing.
I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. I attended Catholic institutions growing up, St. Joseph's Grade School and St. Joseph's High School, prior to coming to Holy Cross. Living just blocks away from Notre Dame's Campus as a youth, and having Holy Cross's campus in clear sight throughout high school, had a small impact on my decision of coming to Holy Cross. A more significant desire was driven by a tragic knee injury in hockey, just weeks before graduating high school.
In following the incident, I did not really have much interest in pursing a college education right away. I had very little hope in college because I initially figured "hockey" would guide me towards an education later down the road.
In the early fall of 2008, after a year of working a full time job at a local Beverage Distribution Company and living an unproductive life, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to Holy Cross College and start a new journey with their Catholic community as well as their growing hockey team.
My theme, "Great Moments Are Born From Great Opportunity", was taken from Herb Brooks' "Miracle on Ice" speech moments before they went on to seize the opportunity of not only beating team Russia but by making a historical moment out of it. This speech not only impacted the underdog U.S hockey team, but my life as well. My life, as well as my journey through HCC, has been full of great opportunities where eminent life lasting moments will never be forgotten.
Although my eFolio is still incomplete, I hope to share some of these great opportunities and defining moments with you throughout my eFolio.