Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Bachelor of Arts in Writing
  • May 2017
  • 37 GPA
  • Received Drake University Presidential Transfer Scholarship for Academic Merit


Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • May 2015
  • 40 GPA


Related Experience

 Freelance Writer | Des Moines, IA

April 2012 – Present

  • Create stories for specific, alternative genres
    • Create stories for customers according to their wants and preferences
    • Research jobs, contracts, and many other details to accurately portray them
    • Edit and reedit content as needed for customer
    • Comprehends the English language at a high level and displays a thorough knowledge of spelling, grammar, punctuation and style.
    • Write fan fiction in multiple genres in free time
  • Utilize general computer system applications and proficient with Microsoft Office software applications
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Types 42 wpm


Planning Committee Co-Chair | Des Moines Zombie Walk | Des Moines, IA

October 2015 – Present

  • Newsletter Editor-in-Chief
    • Create stories and updates for Zombie Walk Newsletter
    • Delegate stories to others
    • Edit content and formatting
    • Used MailChimp and Bloomerang to create and send newsletter to 300+ recipients
  • Proofread vendor and sponsor packets
  • Produces original or clever ideas and finds creative ways to approach problems/tasks
  • Create proposals to expand event outreach and sustainability for the long-term
  • Develop content and messaging strategies for use in email and social campaigns.
  • Manage social media across multiple platforms
    • Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter
    • Solicit new vendors and sponsors raising $23,000 for charity
  • Utilize both written and oral communication skills effectively to coordinate team workflow and projects
  • Make executive decisions to resolve urgent issues while exercising judgment and restraint as to not overstep authority
  • Resolve problems and address issues in a committee setting to strengthen team building


Summer Ally | Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps | Des Moines, IA

Summer 2016

  • Developed Stories showcasing the work of Public Allies
  • Created Outreach Materials to educate the public
  • Conducted qualitative research
  • Interviewed consumers of services and transcribed Interviews


Additional Experience

Ticket Sales | Drake Relays | Des Moines, IA

April 2017 (Seasonal)

  • Processed ticket sales in a confidential and accurate manner
  • Answered inbound calls in a professional manner
  • Greeted visitors from diverse backgrounds
  • Provided excellent customer service support to all customers, primarily by phone and in-person
  • Resolved customer problems in an efficient and professional manner


Published Works

  • Apps Not to Buy, Michelle Stiles for Drake Magazine Online
  • Drake Off Campus, Michelle Stiles for The Times-Delphic
  • Leftovers: Not Just for the Landfill Anymore, Michelle Stiles for The Annual


Technology Skills

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
    • Mac & Windows
    • Proficient
  • Facebook
  • WordPress
  • MailChimp
  • Bloomerang
  • SnapChat
  • Canva
  • Paint.net


Leadership & Community Engagement

  • Rainbow Union
  • Student Activists for Gender Equality
  • OneVoice
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