About Matthew the Scholar

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Originally from sunny Los Angeles, I pride myself on the social justice values my parents instilled into my mind at an early age. My middle name, Day, even indicates how certain figures in Catholic America have inspired my family’s activism. I chose to attend Loyola University Chicago because of my desire to continue that tradition of “women and men for others,” and to pursue an interdisciplinary field of study in the humanities. While I am situated to graduate with a Bachelors in History, I also declared minors in Religious Studies and International Studies. In the Spring Semester of the 2015-16 academic year, I studied abroad in Cork, Ireland, and traveled throughout Western Europe; my favorite moments include being in close proximity to Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass and attending The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria. This is not my first run-in with Dorothy Day at Loyola University. Previously I was enrolled in a course with Professor Nickerson that analyzed the various radicals and reformers in American history, including Day, which culminated in a research paper entitled “Don’t Call Me a Socialist: The Interplay of Dorothy Day, Her Faith, Catholic Worker, and Leftism.”