Texas Tech University

Student Spotlight: Mathew Garlitz

Kaitlin Donalds

November 22, 2021

Mathew Garlitz

Mathew Garlitz, a finance major graduating in December 2021, shares about his journey at Texas Tech and Rawls College.

As 2021 comes to a close and the promise of a new year is on the horizon, the fall class of 2021 prepares to begin their journey into the world as the next generation of business professionals, influencers and leaders.

Mathew Garlitz, originally from Plano, Texas, will be graduating in December 2021 with a bachelor's degree in finance.

During his undergraduate career, Mathew was involved in the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), where he had the opportunity to manage a large equity portfolio. He also served as one of the official student representatives of Rawls College through Rawls Ambassadors, and he was a member of the prestigious honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma.

Outside of academics, Mathew completed three internships and has held various jobs. After his freshman year, he was a financial planning and analysis intern with LSG Sky Chefs in Dallas, Texas, and during his sophomore year, he was a general business intern with Interstate Batteries in Dallas, Texas. In the spring of 2021, Matthew worked directly under the CFO of a private equity firm to help build databases for international market entry strategies. This past summer, he simultaneously worked as a CFO intern with Dell Technologies in Austin, Texas and was a part-time investment analyst with Q Investments in Fort Worth, Texas. Mathew also worked for Texas Tech University Student Housing as a resident assistant for three years.


Why did you choose to major in finance?

I chose finance due to the creativity and ambiguity associated with the subject. I have always been fascinated with markets and how they move, and I enjoy interpreting numbers in different ways. I especially enjoy solving for the “why,” why something is the way it is, why it's valued at the price it is, and so on.

What did you enjoy most about the finance program?

I honestly really enjoyed the material that the finance program is structured around. I found it very interesting and relevant, especially Financial Modeling. Aside from the curriculum, I have also really appreciated the people at Rawls College, from the faculty and staff to my peers. I strongly believe there is no other environment that offers the same level of experience.

What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the sheer number of Red Raiders that I have learned from over the past three and a half years. I have truly valued the fact that every Red Raider has something unique to bring to the table and different experiences to make them distinct. Regardless of GPA, internships, and student involvement, I have learned so much through spending time with peers and professors, and I cannot describe how much I have appreciated their support.

During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?

Unfortunately, I cannot pin this question solely on one person. In my opinion, it was the collective effort and experiences I have had with various professors and students that made my time great. Every one of the professors I've had has made a lasting impact in some way, one that I will remember for the rest of my life.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on moving to Austin, Texas in January to begin my career as a financial analyst with Dell Technologies.

Why do you love Rawls College?

I love Rawls College because of the people. I am certain one cannot get a better college experience with a more supportive and uplifting community around them.

What's your favorite Texas Tech tradition?

My favorite Texas Tech tradition is the Carol of Lights!