Kayla Myers, a native of Memphis, TN, graduated magna cum laude in 2018 from The University of Missouri where she dual majored in journalism and digital storytelling. As an undergraduate, Kayla was President of Phi Sigma Pi, a national honor fraternity focused on a tripod of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. She was also active in other campus activism and organizations such as It’s On Us, Residential life and education, and assisted in planning the annual Womxn of Color retreat. After serving with Impact America, she hopes to pursue a career in filmmaking and film programming.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love stories! So, I am an avid movie and TV watcher and book reader, but I also love to cook and try out new recipes. Or tweeting, a habit I am seriously trying to break!

What is your favorite quote from a book, movie, or song?
There’s a line at the end of the movie Lady Bird where the main character, Christine, says, “All those bends I’ve known my whole life and stores and the whole thing … I wanted to tell you. I love you. Thank you. I’m… Thank you.”

I really love this last line because it hits at how important the places we grow up are to us, even if we don’t realize it immediately. There’s so much that our loved ones do for us that we only learn and accept once we have hindsight and distance. Also, I just love Lady Bird and could talk about it forever!

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
Out of all of my involvement as an undergraduate, my two years as a peer advisor in the residential halls was my most impactful experience. Part of my role as a peer advisor meant being a resource for first-year students in the dorm, but also a resource for the select group of them I taught in a classroom each week. I learned a lot about what it means to meet people where they are in order to foster their growth and maintain their trust.