Mikaela’s friends that supported her were one of the best parts of her Millersville experience. Her favorite memories with those friends include feeding the swans at the pond, playing Dungeons and Dragons in the library, and eating lunch together in the Anchor. She says of them: “While our paths may be going in different directions, we will always hold our memories in our hearts.”
Mikaela’s favorite English course was Reading Our World: Stranger Things taught by Dr. Carla Rineer. She was inspired by several classes she took with Dr. Rineer, but especially the Stranger Things course, where she learned a range of dark themes in literature and read stories which reflected them. With interests leaning more toward the dark and mysterious, Mikaela was always very eager to come to class. The course also introduced her to one of her favorite novels: Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.
Working as a Communications Intern during the Spring 2020 semester at Community Bible Church in Marietta, Mikaela managed the CBC social media accounts, processed requests to the communications department, helped in the planning of events, wrote promotional material for upcoming sermons, and more!
Mikaela considers the internship to have been fun, and she learned a lot of things in preparation for future professional work. Her supervisor Katie said:
I loved getting to have Mikaela as an intern! I wish that we were able to finish out her internship in person, but she did a great job assisting with projects, completing tasks efficiently, and working with other departments to work on projects and tasks. I was always impressed with how quickly and efficiently she completed her work and her willingness to work on whatever was assigned to her!
During her time on campus, Mikaela touted the benefits of a digital portfolio at Made in Millersville with her presentation “Building your Brand: Crafting a Digital Portfolio.” Mikaela also participated in the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (Allies) organization.
After graduation, she hopes to get a job in her field. After working for about a year, she may try to return to Millersville for her Masters in English.
We hope to see you back in a year or so, Mikaela! Until then!