Matt Llano, ’11, was always taught to follow his passions to find his purpose in life.
Llano came to the University of Richmond with the intention of being a biology and chemistry major, but soon decided that wasn’t a path he wanted to pursue. Instead, he chose to combine three majors that were more in line with his personal interests.
With family from Spain and Puerto Rico, a major in Latin American and Iberian studies was a way to learn more about his heritage and the language of past generations. A psychology course at the University inspired him to take a more in depth look at the subject. And theatre was a chance to have fun with a creative outlet.
“For a long time, I had this idea that I wanted to be a doctor; that was my idea of success,” he says. “Then I realized that’s not what it’s all about and I wouldn’t be happy. I wanted to be sure that I was passionate about whatever I was doing.”
His time at Richmond also led Llano to consider turning his biggest passion — running — into a career.
Llano wasn’t a standout track athlete in high school, but still aspired to run for a Division I university.
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