Senior Geoff Murtha has always had a drive to succeed. Whether it means working hard in the classroom or on the wrestling mat, Murtha says he always strives to do his best.
“Every year I understand what is expected of me and how much will be expected of me in the future,” Murtha said. “I learned in middle school and high school that if you apply yourself to what you are doing, it is easier to succeed.”
While Murtha likes to have fun and enjoy himself, he has never lost focus on what is important in his academic career.
With a major in management and a minor in economics, Murtha is a man of many interests. His academics range from psychology and accounting to athletic training.
“From my experience, you don’t always have to be smart to get good grades, it’s just a matter of buckling down and getting things done.”
Murtha also carries this determination with him on the wrestling mat and has continued to grow with his athletic experience here at Simpson.
“I feel wrestling has helped me just as much as my academics, just in different ways.” Murtha said. “I can really understand that now as the season is winding down.”
When Murtha is not at practice or hitting the books for classes, you may find him joy reading. Some of his favorite authors include Stephen King, James Patterson, Alex Kava, Dean Koontz, and Bernard Cornwell. Murtha also enjoys the Harry Potter books.
Outside of academics, Murtha’s family and friends have always been the most important things in his life.
“I have been very fortunate to have had great roommates and friends at Simpson,” Murtha said. “The best part of Simpson College is the friends I have made.”
Reflecting back on his college experience, there are only a few changes that Murtha would make.
“I wish May Term was a little easier,” Murtha said. “I feel like every year it has been moving towards getting harder. It’s not as relaxing and liberal as I thought it would be when I heard about it on my visits.”
Aside from the changes to May Term, Murtha would also like to get the kitchen faucet in his apartment fixed.
Murtha’s advice to Simpson students is to make your own luck.
“The harder you work, the greater opportunity things will go your way,” Murtha said. “If they don’t, you can always try harder.”