Matt Smela

Matt ('15) was raised in Maryland and traveled in various countries before returning to Vermont, his birth-state. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at Castleton.

What brought you to philosophy, Matt?

I had been at college for a while, and realized I needed to dig deeper... Studying philosophy helped shape my sense of direction.... In turn, I have decided that teaching is what I want to do with my life - to help others find their path.

Growing up on a farm, Matt learned to value a practical point of view. So, what is the practical use of philosophy?

Philosophy is a tool that can be applied to anything. Knowing how to think - how to analyze concepts and arguments - can help in just about any job… It enables you to think through a problem, to get to the root.

A parting quotation, Matt?

"The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind." -Friedrich Nietzsche