Matthew aspires to be a “lifeologist,” but since that’s not an officially recognized academic discipline, he usually says he plans to be a humanities professor. Matthew graduated from Yale with a BA in English. As an undergrad, if his nose wasn’t in a book, you could find him beatboxing with his a cappella group or directing plays in the theater. After graduation, he moved to Paris for a year, and then to Berlin for another three, polishing his French and German while working as a language tutor, editor, and translator. An incorrigible generalist, Matthew returned to the US to get his Master’s in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research, where he wrote a thesis on the history of reading. As an instructor and essay coach, Matthew combines his contagious enthusiasm for ideas with a commitment to cultivating critical habits of mind: rigor, patience, persistence, and clear-thinking.
Yale University, BA in English
New School for Social Research, MA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Intellectual History
ACT / SAT Verbal
School Support Essay Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP French, AP German, AP European History, AP World History
SAT Subject Tests French, German, Literature, World History
College Essay Support
Favorite place to study “The Poet’s House” in Manhattan – a light-flooded library with a 70,000 volume open-stack poetry collection, sweeping views of the Hudson, and spacious communal tables. New York’s best kept study secret! Shhhhhhh.
Favorite book Human, All-Too-Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche
Hidden Talent Beatboxing (ask me to spit some funky fresh mouth beats).
Pre-test pump up song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem: “You only got one shot / do not miss your chance to blow / this opportunity comes once in a lifetime.”