matthewf

MATTHEW
FINE

HOMETOWN:
Lake Worth, FL
HIGH SCHOOL:
Atlantic Community High School
Other College or University:
University of Florida
MAJOR:
Philosophy and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate
FAVORITE CLASS:

Japanese Horror with Miri Nakamura. Since I was a kid, I have had a fascination with things that were creepy, so obviously horror movies became a great outlet for my naïve obsession. I never expected that I would take a class in college that would allow me to watch horror films and anime, read manga, and somehow link that to my academic interests in critical theory. This class helped me realize how integral cultural history, gender, and stigma are to the conception of horror and has completely changed the way I analyze and enjoy scary movies.

CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:

I am heavily involved with the Center for Prison Education, a program that recruits top professors on campus to teach real Wesleyan classes to inmates in Connecticut penitentiaries. Additionally, I worked with the Office of Residential Life as the house manager of Music House. I try my hardest to participate in any activism events on campus to help raise awareness of social and political issues.

FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:

In the spring of my junior year I was able to see YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN in the chapel. They’re a Canadian performance art and music group that fuses abrasive guitar feedback, quiet ambient passages, and
traditional Japanese folklore and costumes into a chaotic and strangely beautiful live performance. There was an incredible light show accompanying the band, and all
the members wore elaborate costumes that resulted in a concert unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

OUTSIDE WESLEYAN:

During my summers, I usually go home to Florida and work for my parents in their construction company running deliveries and repairing power tools. I also volunteer for a local nature conservation and sea turtle rehabilitation park where I educate visitors on the wildlife populations in the Atlantic Ocean and teach people how to save energy and limit pollution of the local ecosystems.

AFTER WESLEYAN:

I plan on applying to a master’s program in violence studies so I can continue learning about the theoretical, literary, and philosophical implications of violence, oppression, and genocide. Eventually, I would like to go to law school and work in human rights law or a think tank.

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