I am Matthew Davis, an incoming freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a soon-to-be graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Southeast High School. I work on a wide variety of projects that seek to improve the world in some tangible way, through science, technology and politics.


I define myself as undefinable – I abhor stereotypes and labels and I have never been completely able to identify with any particular one. I enjoy creative pursuits and creative company, while relaxing by playing the piano, reading a book or taking a walk/run. In many senses I can be considered old-fashioned; I have an appreciation for graeco-roman culture, history and art and I constantly use historical figures as role models; however, in the same vein, I love computers, have a Kindle, subscribe to Popular Mechanics/Popular Science and use Facebook.


I have been a part of a variety of organizations – I served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Manatee County, Youth Chairman for the Manatee Glens’ Walk for Life, Marketing Chairman for the Taking Back Lives Sunset Walk, Lieutenant Governor and President in Florida Key Club as well as maintaining membership and leadership roles in a variety of other organizations. Currently I am making the transition from participation in my local community to that of my future home for four years – Cambridge, MA. I plan to get involved with a large number of service initiatives in that area.


What are my views of the future? I aim to make a lasting, positive contribution to the lives of as many people as possible, help create a more peaceful world and inspire a new generation of thinkers, problem-solvers and dreamers. I encourage you to think positively, be optimistic and always look for improvement in yourself. As you read, scroll through these words with an eye to the future – and a sense of hope for what is yet to come.

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