Matthew McDermott is a senior at Cornell College located in Mount Vernon, IA and is from Appleton, WI. He is majoring in English and Creative Writing and will be graduating in May 2019. With dreams of traveling outside of the United States, Matthew decided to come to Morocco to pursue his goal of one day becoming a professional journalist by attending SIT Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media. While in Morocco he has been able to expand on his journalism and reporting skills, while being able to explore a country and culture that is entirely different from that of the Midwest. Matthew has previously published articles in his school newspaper The Cornelian and in the local Mount Vernon paper, The Mount Vernon, Lisbon Sun, where he has his own column called Classroom Connections. This summer Matthew will be interning at Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism company called Iowa Watch.