I've thought long and hard on how to describe Matthew. When I met him last February, I had no idea that he would turn out to be the glue that holds our Ambassador family together. He came to my house with his Mom and appeared quiet, polite and the first thing I noticed was that hair! Then at our shoot at Estilo and he broke any shy misconception I had of him in about 5 minutes and I loved it! The fashion show was the kicker for me, though. His laid back and sharp personality really came through. Our group texts during the year, have been hysterical because of Matthew's witty one liners. Seriously, there have been times when I've nearly spit my coffee out in the morning reading a group text because of the unexpected pleasure of Matthew's humor. It's truly a gift and we all notice it. When I mention his name to any of the other Ambassador's, they immediately crack a smile and begin to laugh. It's as if they all share an inside joke with him.
I always thought that Robin Williams must have been a genius. After all, you have to be super smart to be that clever. Matthew is that clever. But I've seen him being kind and sensitive and extremely responsible as well. Is he funny, witty and probably the life of the party around his friends? Yes, but his intelligence and genuine ability to care for others is just as much a part of him as his robust sense of humor. I suspect there are many other facets to Matthew that I've yet to discover. The year is almost over and I'm sure I speak for the rest of the Ambassadors when I say that we thank you for being you. We love you Matthew - keep doing you!
What are your hobbies and interests? I enjoy movies and music. I listen to and play lots of music and I watch many movies.
What are your extracurricular activities or sports? I play varsity tennis.
Do you play a musical instrument? If so, what do you play? I play the guitar and piano. I've played the piano for about 11 years, and the guitar for 3.
What's the first thing people notice about you? They notice that I enjoy talking to people and am comfortable.
What's the one thing you're most proud about? I'm proud to have learned how to speak Spanish fluently.
How would you describe your personality? I would describe myself as everyone's ear if they need to talk to someone. I enjoy helping people through their problems and being there for people.
How would you describe your personal sense of style? I dress in many different styles. I sometimes dress preppy, sometimes more skater style, and sometimes just styled up casual.
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in high school? How did you overcome it? I was a passenger in a car accident, and was injured with a head injury and concussion. I studied hard and rested a lot, and eventually got back on track academically and physically.
What is your favorite way to spend a free afternoon? I like to hang out with friends and do something fun.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I see myself continuing to help people with problems they have, whether that be in psychology or another career.
What did you expect to get out of this year as a Laura Reed Ambassador? I expected to meet new people and make new friends that I could keep a close connection with.