Writing as a career hadn’t come to mind in the 18 years of life Mia Tirado lived. Growing up, she loved to read, but loved to draw even more. She knew that a career as an artist wouldn’t be realistic for her, and also knew her strict parents would never approve. While she continued elementary school in the city of Chicago, she received little guidance in pin pointing her true skills and abilities. She moved on to Fenwick High school in Oak Park, IL, and while her talent in art was noticed, the only programs the school truly focused on were math and science, neither of which she was even an ounce interested in. Losing faith in herself due to the black abyss that was her future, she slowly and unconsciously stopped reading and drawing. Subtle hints of her writing talent emerged through the surface during her time at Fenwick as she excelled in English classes and earned high scores for the English sections of her college placement exams, yet still entered college as a Pre-Medicine and Psychology double. Fast forward a year, and she is in the Dean’s office in the Journalism School of Mass Communication at Drake University switching her studies towards Magazine Media and Graphic Design. An impulse decision, really—but things turned for the best. For her, the business of magazine journalism was initially a completely foreign concept, she only knew what she had read in Seventeen and Redbook her whole life. But as she learned more, she fell more in love. She started by writing for Drake’s Times Delphic and Drake Magazine as a Sophomore. In that same year, she was accepted for a position on the Print Editorial Team of Drake Magazine, as well as accepting an internship for the bilingual health and wellness website, Daily Vitamina. There, she pitched, researched, and wrote articles every week from June 2016 to September 2016 for the website. She currently works as an independent freelancer in designing infographics for the startup micro-insurance company Bridge Solutions in Des Moines, IA. Since September 2017, she has served as the Associate Editor for Drake Magazine, where she pitches, writes, and edits for the print publication. Mia has no doubt she wants to make this career, and expects to be an editor for a major magazine in the future.