Wilmington College senior Shiloh V. Day recalls being a young child on an airplane flight when her mother presented a notepad and pen to keep her occupied. “I started writing when I was really young and I’ve been writing little stories ever since,” said the English major from Morrow.
Her interest in those little stories is paying dividends as she won the top award in the 2017 Bowman Short Fiction Contest for her story titled Wild and she is currently engaged in a writing internship with Cincinnati Family Magazine. She wants to continue as a magazine writer after she graduates in May.
Shiloh’s hands-on learning experience with Cincinnati Family has featured stories on Valentine’s Day crafts, a Wonder Woman film feature and Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo’s celebrity hippo, along with conducting research and becoming entrenched in the publication’s day-to-day operation. “It’s a family magazine that focuses on things kids like and activities families can do together.”
Shiloh’s internship is one of the capstone experiences — along with courses on Shakespeare and fairy tales — of her four years at WC, which she tags as “a growth experience” that’s helped transform her life. “I was so shy,” she said, “but I’ve learned to embrace who I am, my talents and skills, and not be afraid to share that with people.”