Mitch Matthews: Dream Big

Mitch Matthews: Dream Big

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Mitch Matthews: Dream Big
Colleen Frease

The start of the semester is a time for signing up for classes, moving onto campus and enjoying what free time is left before homework starts to pile up.
The SIUC Student Programming Council (SPC) is trying to associate the idea of going to school with achieving dreams by having the first Mitch Matthews Big Dream Gathering on campus Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student
Center Ballroom.
The event will start with Mitch Matthews making opening comments and talking about his journey to where he is now. Matthews is a motivational speaker, success coach and the best-selling author of Ignite: Three Simple Steps for Resparking Your Buried Dreams and Building a Plan That Finally Works. He speaks to students, non-profits and other audiences about the power of “Dream. Think. Do.”
Matthews started getting friends and family together for his “Big Dream Gathering” in 2006 as a way for to take a few hours to help his oved ones get clear on their dreams. What started small though did not ever stop, and has only continued building in momentum. This is the first year the SPC has asked Matthews to come and host an event of this kind.
Jordee Justice works for the SPC and she says this event is going to bring together current students and alumni.
“The students will write their dreams down and other people in the room will get to look and see what the dreams are,” she said. “The idea is to help connect people together to help make these dreams a reality. It can be anything, it doesn’t have to be related to school. If there’s a class someone wants to take, or a place they want to go it’s possible they will meet someone at this event that can help make it happen.”
Justice says the idea behind it is to help people realize they can accomplish their dreams, and still have fun trying to better themselves. She also says an added benefit is it provides an opportunity for face-to-face networking.  
In an ever-growing digital world, Justice says it is easy to forget the importance of just getting people together to talk about what it is they hope to make happen in their lives. An added benefit Justice says is she wants students to hear from someone as successful as Matthews about the importance of reaching for your dreams.
“I love SIU, and I love having a chance to get out and interact with the students and alumni. People that have gone to school here are doing great things. Hearing from someone like Mitch Matthews and then at the same time not knowing who in that room can help achieve your dreams is the kind of environment we want to create on campus,” Justice said. “We want our students and alumni to be proud they went to school here, and keep coming back for more.”
Anyone wanting more information can called the SPC at (618) 453-6097 or visit their website spc.rso.siu.edu.