Storm Matthews is a storyteller at heart. An avid reader and writer, she started penning her first novel in the fifth grade. At ONU, this creative writing major is honing her skills and uncovering the many directions her storytelling passion could take her.
“Coming into ONU, my mind was on nothing but becoming an author. I wanted to write books and that’s it. Throughout my experiences here, I’ve had my eyes opened to the plethora of possibilities I could try as well,” she said.
From publishing to theatre to bookstores, Matthews is immersed in possibilities. She wrote a futuristic short story that was published in the special sesquicentennial edition of ONU Magazine. She interned during the summer at a small independent bookstore in Perrysburg, Ohio, that’s owned by the wife of an ONU theatre professor. “I learned a lot from this internship about bookstores, the publishing industry and small businesses in general,” she said.
Additionally, she’s a work-study student in ONU’s theatre department, giving her a thespian’s perspective on storytelling. And, her favorite activity thus far, she’s co-editor-in-chief of ONU’s undergraduate literary magazine, Polaris. In this role, she reviews and edits creative writing submissions from all across the country and helps with the magazine’s production process from start to finish.
ONU’s blend of abundant opportunities and personalized attention has enabled Matthews to thrive. “Being at ONU has given me the opportunity to engage with all of my passions on my terms,” she said. “The English Department is filled with some of the most understanding and supportive people I’ve ever met. The majors get really close to each other and we have very strong bonds with our professors. If you want to feel connected and cared for, ONU English is the way to go.”