Maya Weatherall

Turning her dreams into reality

NAME: Maya Weatherall


HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois 

MAJOR: Journalism & Communication

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Wartburg West, Resident Assistant, Knightlife editor for the Trumpet, staff reporter at Cedar Valley Today, Eucharist curator

WHY WARTBURG: I found Wartburg through a suggested link on Common App. I went on the website, saw the beautiful campus, and instantly fell in love. I spoke with an admissions counselor about my financial aid package and after our conversation I knew Wartburg was the place for me, even though I didn’t visit.

WHAT DID YOU NEVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG:  I never imagined I could live in a community of 10,000 people, but I know now that I can make the most of what I have here. Since coming to Wartburg I have learned about so many different people and how their lives differ coming from a small Iowa town. I also value the things I used to take for granted a lot more. Overall, Wartburg College has really transformed me into a person I love. 

WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF YOUR WARTBURG WEST EXPERIENCE: I was able to learn about having your voice heard in your community. My internship with Fourth Wall Productions helped me grow my passion for the film industry. I made my first urban video for city improvements for a park. I was able to learn about the growth of Denver and how the residents come together and figure out how they can be sustainable. I loved Denver and how big and small it was at the same time. I was able to find myself and get out of my comfort zone by hiking and exploring outdoors. I was able to connect to alums throughout Denver and different people from church and grow my faith with other believers.

HOW WILL YOUR WARTBURG WEST EXPERIENCE HELP YOU MOVING FORWARD: I know I want to follow through on my passion by becoming a screenwriter and director in the film industry. I have networked with so many people for letters of recommendations and personal growth. It helped me put my senior year in perspective. [Editor’s note: Maya’s film, which she shot while in Denver, was selected to be part of an LA film festival. Click here for more.]

WHAT DID YOU LEARN WHILE WORKING ON WHEN FAITH AND FEAR COLLIDE:  Working with the film crew helped me figure out my purpose of changing lives through film. I learned so much about what it takes to put in the work to make sure your movie gets its message across. I was able to shadow every department (except makeup and hair) and learned how they got to where they are today.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: I have made so many connections with so many professors, staff, alums, and students. I have learned that everyone here has a story to tell and share. My faith has grown, I’ve matured, and being around people who want to see you progress is a huge blessing. I have had the opportunity of being a camp counselor through the summer camps coming to campus. I have been to Denver and fell in love with the place. I have worked with a Hollywood film crew and will have my name in the credits, and now I am senior ready to tackle my next season of life. Wartburg has helped me figure out my passion of what I want to do with my life and how I want to impact the world.