Matthew Benjamin Jacobs
Origin: Chicago, IL
Parents: Jeffrey and Ellen
Current Occupation: Student
Major(s): Communication Arts and Political
Current Location: Madison, WI
Magazine Subscriptions: Spin, Rolling
Stone, NextGeneration, Wired (just subscribed).
Musical Selections: Ben Folds Five,
Guster, Weezer, Joe Marc's Brother, Fountains of Wayne, The Eels,
Matt Nathanson, M. Doughty, Cursive, Reggie and the Full Effect,
Ultimate Fakebook, The Anniversary, Ashtray Babyhead, Superdrag,
Elvis Costello, Beck, Isotope 217, The Sea and Cake, Tortoise, Of
Montreal, Presidents of the USA, The Push Stars, Radiohead, The
Delta 72, Cibo Matto and Sarah (the h is long).
Movies: Rushmore, Best in Show, Waiting
for Guffman, Star Wars (all 4), Henry Fool, Fight Club, Spaceballs
(and everything Mel Brooks), The Celebration, and others I can't
Video Games: Baseball Stars (NES),
Bulls vs. Lakers (Genesis), NFL Gameday (PS), Goldeneye (N64), NFL
2K1 (Dreamcast), Shenmue (Dreamcast), Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES),
Sim City 2000 (PC), Time Crisis 1+2 (Arcade)
Hobbies: web design, the internet as
whole, WUD M+E committee,
the regular slew of normal hobbies (movies, etc.)
Ok, so here is we're I'm coming from. I grew up in an affluent suburb
north of Chicago called Riverwoods. It was in the area of Highland
Park, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove, if that means anything to you.
I spent my entire childhood there minus the year and a half I spent
in the city before I knew I existed. I really liked growning up
there even though it was about as homogenous as can be (My high
school had about 20 blacks and hispanics, total). The only time
I was ever "cool" was during junior high. See, in 4th
grade Jeff Heller moved down the street and he was cool. We became
friends and I slowly made my way into his group of friends. I was
funny so people liked me. I kept on being ridiculous throughout
junior high and I got a record setting 56 detentions in 6th grade.
They all came as a result of me talking to someone or making a stupid
face or chewing gum upside down. Point is, I was cool. It was fun
because I have had more girlfriends between 6th and 8th grade then
I have since then. And I had cool friends. I should note that throughout
this period I still hung out with Will all the time after school
and on the weekends. By the end of 8th grade I realized that being
cool wasn't all that much fun and the people were just alright.
So I waited until high school to get out.
came and I did indeed make my way out of the cool crowd. It was
an amicable break up and no one was permanently scarred. I spent
the beginning of high school with my friends left over from junior
high: sarah pettit, will and brandon geuder. I also hung out with
a girl named Noelle Machnicki. I hung out with her because I liked
her. Then I realized she didn't like me or I didn't want to try
to do something anymore, and we remained friends. Up through junior
year I spent most of my time with noelle and will, seperately. I
also was on the tennis team freshman and sophmore year, which i
enjoyed very much but i hated my coach. The people on the team were
great and my nickname was "pubic head." I spent a lot
of time working on Operation Snowball, which began as an anti-substance
program but over time developed into a self image improvement thang.
It was a weekend retreat where you went away, relaxed, played games
and talked about things that interested you, bothered you, pissed
you off or made you cry. It was and is an amazing program. Everyone
who went on it with an open mind loved it or at least took something
important away. This program was also my original inspiration to
not drink or do drugs. I still don't and I think it is the best
decision I have ever made. Maybe not the best, but I just see no
need for it in my life. I am a big enough goof without alcohol,
I don't brush my teeth so my breath already stinks, and if I want
to mellow out I'll just curl up on my couch with the tv remote.
Moving on, high school ended with a beautiful senior year. I found
a great group of friends who I am still actively in contact with
today. I really love all of my closest friends from this group and
it has been tough to match this group in the three yeats I have
been in college. We had a ton of fun and kept it real.
Now I am at
UW-Madison and I hated it when I got here. It is huge (40k people),
uninviting and relatively homogenous. I wanted to meet new and different
people and there were 5 people from my high school on my floor freshman
year in the dorms. I applied to transfer to Tufts but I decided
not to, even though I was more or less secured a spot. I wonder
what life would have been like had I moved to Boston? Who knows,
but it would be different I bet. I have spent the majority of my
college life on the Music Committee booking concerts for our unions.
We book 3 live shows a weekend and over 200 events every year. I
was a volunteer freshman year, the director sophmore year and now
I am a very active volunteer. It is a lot of fun and all my best
friends are from this committee. I am studying film and political
science, but the poli sci thing is an old major revived just a few
weeks ago by the election. I love film and I love studying it but
I doubt I'll do anything with it. Over the last two years what I
have spent the most time with is websites. I have designed 4 or
5 including my own over time and I loved every minute of it. It
combines my artistic side with my math-oriented side and it is a
perfect mix for my brain. I would like to go to graduate school
to study new media design.
Life at this
point is nothing I can complain about. I have a great family and
great friends, but I still find room to complain. I would love to
have a girlfriend for two reasons: 1. I would love to find someone
I can completely relate to. 2. I just miss being intimate and cuddly
with someone. It is so underappreciated. I also would like to know
what I should do with my life. I feel like I need to do something
that is especially worthwhile and important. I mean, I am on this
earth and what the hell am I here for? Life is such a crazy thing
that I couldn't imagine that there isn't some greater meaning to
it all. So I figure I have to find some kind of activity that will
change the world as we know it. But, of course, I don't know what
it is. All I have going for me is that a Chinese fortune teller
told my mom that I would be "very, very successful." I
hope he wasn't talking out of his ass. I want to do something important.
random thoughts: I love the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.
I love love love photography and I wish I did it more or went to
an art school for it. I also love looking at other people's photographs.
I think they are all so brilliant. I also love post-modern art and
architecture. An architect, another job I would have in another
life. I would like to learn guitar so I can stop being an appreciater
and start making music. I love singing. I don't have the best voice,
but if I have a chance to sing, I will. I would like to get a dog.
My roommate for next year is Jannelle Ruswick. I love gadgets. I
wish I could get paid in toys instead of in money. I wish everyone
smiled and laughed more. I want to know what you're thinking, tell
me what's on your mind. I love to cook. I have just written a very