Emily Storms

Emily Storms is a sophomore honors student with majors in advertising and public relations and political science. She is a recipient of a Ricci Scholarship, has a fervid interest for international studies, and will be traveling to China and Italy next year to conduct research. She is also a member of a sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and works as a resident assistant (RA) on the honors floor of Regis Hall. Loyola will be hosting the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference this summer and Storms will function as the marketing director.

So far, what has been your most rewarding experience at Loyola?

I am an RA and I love working with my residents and being able to help them. So being on a floor for a whole year and seeing how the residents change over the course of a year has been really rewarding. Also, I’ve been really lucky to have a great group of friends and I think that is definitely a really rewarding part of life in general. And I think especially for me, that’s been a wonderful part of my experience at Loyola.

I understand you’re part of an after-school program. Could you tell me about that?

I am part of an after-school program at the United Church of Rogers Park. I love that. I love working with the community and getting to know kids. It’s really nice because in college, we don’t really get the opportunity to work with kids. That’s definitely something that I enjoy a lot.

What have you enjoyed most about working with children?

For me, it’s really similar to what I love about the RA position because you work with the same kids week after week and you really get to see the differences and the changes in how they behave and the kind of work they’re doing. And actually, that’s the area where I’m going to be doing a research project next year. I’m traveling to Italy and then China.

I’d like to know more about that…

My research for this project actually came from my volunteering at the after-school program. I’m looking at the public education systems of Italy and China. I’m looking at how they teach international history to middle-school children between the ages of 11 and 13. And I’m particularly looking at the more controversial parts of international history and then I’m profiling and looking at the portrayals of Mussolini and Mao in textbooks. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited.

Do you have any mottos that you live by?

This is kind of cheesy, but my sorority is Phi Sigma Sigma and our motto is “aim high,” and that’s something that I do. I’ve always aimed high. And I don’t really see any reason why you wouldn’t.

What would you like to do for a career someday?

I’m interested in so many different things that I have no idea. I want to do everything! I’m definitely interested in pursuing public relations as a career, maybe higher education. I would definitely be interested in working abroad, and of course in politics.