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 Maiya Mahoney

Maiya Mahoney

Digital Media Production and Journalism major with minors in Graphic Design and International Studies

Maiya Mahoney

What is your major? Do you have any minors?

I am a Digital Media Production and Journalism major with minors in Graphic Design and International Studies.

What are you passionate about? What inspires you?

I have a passion for storytelling and sharing the human experience. This passion is one reason I decided to be a journalist. I find a lot of joy in being able to share other's experiences and bring awareness to underreported happenings locally and around the world.

What is one lesson you learned at Flagler you will never forget?

One lesson that I have learned at Flagler is to be open to change. Some circumstances will not always turn out the way you want them to and that's completely alright. Change provides lessons and without it we wouldn't be able to grow. This lesson of embracing change is one I am taking with me as I graduate and move on to a different phase of my life.

If you could share a piece of advice to a new student, what would it be?

Growth exists beyond your comfort zone. Say yes to new experiences and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. It's better to do what may be uncomfortable than wondering "what if?" When I think back to my freshman year self who was more reserved and unsure of herself, I feel the experiences I've had at Flagler have allowed me to blossom into a confident individual who knows how to use my strengths to the best of my abilities.

Our core values are Transformative Learning, Citizenship with Integrity, Thoughtful Stewardship, and Respectful and Inclusion Community. How have you contributed to these Core Values during your time at Flagler?

Throughout my time at Flagler College, I've been able to really get to know my professors and make connections with them. Especially Brian Thompson, Flagler Gargoyle Advisor, who has been an amazing mentor for me. As editor of The Gargoyle, Flagler's online student publication, I have been able to hone my leadership skills and connect with various people around campus and the St. Augustine community through the stories I've published. Specifically with my Pulitzer Center Fellowship in July 2021, I traveled to the blue zone of Loma Linda, California to report on longevity. Putting myself in a community I was unfamiliar with and having to make those connections was a transformative experience that I would not have been able to have without Flagler offering the Pulitzer class.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I am living in St. Augustine for the time being and have been seeking career opportunities as a journalist. Not knowing where I am going to be in the next few months is scary, but exciting, and I'm ready to see what the next chapter in my life holds.