- Liberty Township, OH
An aspiring journalist with a concentration in news reporting and editing (and a possible minor in informatics), Mia (she/her) selected IU because of its highly ranked and famously hands-on journalism program. Mia, who has a passion for medical journalism, looks forward to writing for the Indiana Daily Student. She is particularly excited about having won the National Scholastic Press Association Story of the Year for COVID-19 Online Reporting. Her go-to books are Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Reporting on her district’s Board of Education meetings last year has made a deep impact on Mia, as she had to witness insults being hurled, books banned, and emotions surging to a degree that the police had to be called. “Covering these meetings challenged me journalistically,” writes Mia, “and put in perspective the current state of education” not only in her own district but across the nation. Mia envisions studying in Uganda or some other country where she could study populations living with AIDS/HIV. She also hopes to join IU’s Hillel community. She would like to thank her high school journalism advisor, Dean Hume, for introducing her to the field of journalism and nurturing her passion for sharing stories. She will hold the Peterson, Phoenix Newspapers, and Carol S. McQueen Memorial scholarships in the Wells Scholars Program.