Matthew Mortensen, 2014 U.S. Olympian in Luge - Men's Doubles, finds a way to get things done. Since the age of 12, Matt has been traveling abroad at least five months out of the year to train and compete, which made school a challenge. When financing his sport became a problem, he joined the Army National Guard and became a member of the U.S. Army's World Class Athletes Program, which provides outstanding soldier-athletes with support and training to compete in national and international competitions.
When a traditional college didn't work with his demanding training schedule, Matt quit school and concentrated on his Olympic dreams. But earning his Bachelor’s Degree was always in the back of his mind. When he heard about DeVry University from other athletes, he decided to give it a try. Even though he was a little nervous after an eight-year break from school, Matt's professors and advisors at DeVry coached him through his first few courses and showed him he could succeed at school, too.
As an Olympian, Matt’s life has always been on a strict schedule; discipline, in school and sports, comes with the territory. After spending hours each day training, his body is tired, but he makes sure to reserve energy for schoolwork. He credits the DeVry student portal for its ease of use, and especially likes the iLab tool, which enabled him to learn Excel by watching someone else navigating through the program.
More than anything, Matt believes the people at DeVry make all the difference. With professors and advisors who are personally invested in his success, he is motivated to work even harder to complete his education and round out his diverse background.
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