Welcome to my website!
Thank you for taking the time to explore this thing called my life.
I am currently a third year student at the University of Iowa pursuing a bachelor’s of arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a certificate in Critical Cultural Competence. I am interested in reporting, writing, and broadcast with a strong focus in multicultural issues and the arts.
I have big dreams of becoming a news anchor and one day a TV Talk Show host. “Mornings with Mikhayla” I like to call it- well, let’s try something without the word morning in it. I’m more of a night person.
I am also a violinist with both classical and hip-hop experience. My violin, his name being Charles, has given me so many opportunities, along with being able to play with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as the world-renowned Midori. Although I do not currently play with a professional orchestra, I do venture into the community sharing my gift at various events, weddings, and talent showcases.
I have been the Senior Assistant Editor of LOVE Girls Magazine since 2014 which has given me a platform to speak to young women about learning to love themselves. LOVE, which stands for “lead, overcome, value and empower” encourages young women to tell their stories. There is something about hearing about someone else’s experiences that helps one to know that they are not alone. It’s a gift to others to be transparent about life’s experiences.
Working with the magazine inspired me to pursue the art of storytelling in a new way, by telling my story of dealing with a mental illness. Depression and suicidal thoughts ruled my life for most of my 17th year, and I want to take my struggles as a way to help others. Thus, with some help from Royal Neighbors, I started an organization called “How About H.O.P.E.? (Helping Others and Providing Encouragement”, which poses the question to why we still have this stigma surrounding mental illness. Why do we not share our stories and help others? What does it mean to you to have HOPE? This campaign keeps me going, and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me.
Last but not least, I was selected as Miss Iowa 2018 under the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program. I held the title of Miss Wild Rose from March 2017-June 2017, and Miss Clinton County 2017. I am so excited for my year and cannot wait to see where God takes me.
So a pageant queen – violinist playing – journalism writing – curly haired – suicide awareness advocate… That’s me in a few words.