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Meet Matthew Shorraw

Meet Matthew Shorraw, 2017 Fellow


  1. Describe yourself in 3 words:

    Caring, Personable, Driven

  2. If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?

    Playing the violin

  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

    Teaching, and helping to rebuild my hometown.

  4. What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?

    I strive to listen to people and take their ideas into consideration; I realize that I am not good at everything, and sometimes it is better to follow people, when they have more skills than I, to positively impact a situation.

  5. Who is your personal hero?

    John F. Kennedy

  6. What is a quote that gives you inspiration?

    “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

  7. Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?

    Favorite Book: “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Last Book: “How Music Works”, David Byrne

  8. What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?


  9. If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?

    Someone who is not as privileged as I, so that I can better see what so many marginalized people are going through.

  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

    Santorini, Greece

  11. What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)

    Britney Spears, “Oops I Did It Again” – Cassette Tape

  12. What would be your superpower of choice?

    The ability to function without sleep.

  13. What is one thing in your life you can’t go without? 



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