Matthew West

Freelance Blog Writer & Editor

Location:Lafayette, Colorado, United States
2 Skills
Matthew T. West 214-796-3402

Texas Christian University
3.9 GPA (Magna *** Laude, Dean’s List, TCU Scholar)
Philosophy, B.A. (3.5 yrs), Departmental Senior Scholar
Spanish & Political Science, Minors
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Bilingual Fluency (English & Spanish)
Semester in Guanajuato, Mexico (Spring ’08)
-Lived with native host family
-Climate Change Interviews
-Local Climate Change Effects Research Paper
Colorado Hikemaster Certification-
-Education and Working Knowledge: Environmental trends, plant & animal life, mountaineering technique, group safety and dynamics management, Rocky Mtn. Nat’l Park history and geology
-Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED (‘07/’09)

VITA Unit Coordinator/Research Associate, Frontier Asset Building ('10-
- Ran & managed mobile, free tax prep sites for low-income taxpayers
- Compiled a Health/Finance/Economics/Investing Research Database
- Wrote Answer Guide to Bootstraps Asset Building Education's Facilitator training book
Sales Associate, Whole Earth Provision Company ('10)
Academic Tutor, Fort Worth ISD (’10)
-Group tutoring, Social Studies, English, Science, and Math to disadvantaged high school students
Outdoor Program Trip Leader, TCU (’07-’09)
-Lead student groups camping, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, mtn. biking
Climbing Instructor/Wall Staff, TCU (‘07-‘09)
-Taught climbing classes and belayed/assisted climbers
Hikemaster, YMCA of the Rockies (’08 & ‘09)
-Lead groups of up to 15 hikers into mountains for all-day hikes
-Maintained hiking program performance (educating and caring for hikers, providing trail/region information, giving all types of hiking advice, training new Hikemasters, etc.)
-Completed Rocky Mtn. Nat’l Park Glacial Research Survey for Hiking Program

Model United Nations (MUN) (‘09-Present)
Delegate, U.S.A., Disarmament & International Security Committee, NYC
- Speech/Debate
- Resolution Writing (Legislative Process)
Head Delegate, India & Croatia, D.C.
- Taught UN history/structure, trained delegate team
Boys & Girls Club (‘06-‘09)
- Weekly homework completion and mentoring for 20+ under-privileged children
Union Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter (‘05-'11 )
- Cooking assistance for 100+ men at a time, general shelter assistance
Personal Activities
- Hiking, Travel (Europe), Yoga, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Reading/Writing (outdoors, history, fiction, current affairs)

References: Eric Cox (Academic) 817.366.6492 Shawn Young (Professional) 720.363.5131
Skills (2) Rating
Blog Writing