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Maya Miller

Maya is a junior studying public policy with a certificate in policy journalism and a minor in environmental science. She hopes to pursue a career as a working journalist before returning to graduate or law school and becoming a professor one day.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Internships: 

  • The Washington Post 

  • The Wall Street Journal 

  • Los Angeles Times (California and D.C. programs) 

  • The Seattle Times 

  • The Boston Globe 

  • Tampa Bay Times 

  • The Texas Tribune (Texas and D.C. programs)


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • So many books! 

  • The Sympathizer 

  • All The Light We Cannot See 

  • The Power 

  • Learning to play the guitar 

  • Getting good at CrossFit


Everyday L's of life

  • Feeling down/depressed even though it's sunny outside and (seemingly) everyone else is feeling joyful 

  • Having so much homework when your friends are having a light week 

  • Not getting enough sleep 

  • Not prioritizing health and fitness and instead using that time for homework

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Going to see Saint Motel in concert with my friends (and watching the 2020 away Carolina game on our phones – two buzzer beaters and a W!) 

  • Walking on the beach and collecting seashells 

  • Going to basketball games and playing in the band(the 2020 Carolina game before lockdown was PEAK) 

  • Traveling with the band to a bowl game and the NCAA tournament


Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

• How to advocate for myself and my needs in relationships of all types •. Time management •. Prioritizing my physical and mental health •. Knowing how and when to ask for help or grace from others •. How to love and be loved by someone who's very different from me


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

TV shows: The Queen's Gambit How to Get Away With Murder The Clone Wars Normal People The Handmaid's Tale The Mandalorian Movies: The Trial of the Chicago 7 Mulan (the live-action remake) Lady Bird Good Will Hunting Moana Titanic


Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume

• How much I've grown since freshman year • My ability to talk through my emotions • The way I communicate with people I love and care about • I took up running during quarantine, and I've gone from running 2-4 miles at 9:30 pace to running 4-7 miles at sub-8:30 pace


Unconventional skills


Quirks that make me who I am


Small joys in my life

• Texts, snapchats and calls from my friends, family and loved ones • Really tasty and interesting food!


Obstacles I have overcome

• My father's terminal illness and death • An eating disorder • Homesickness (occasionally it comes back) • Many failed attempts at relationships


Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone


Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight


Leaps of Faith


Life events that have made me stronger


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