Greta Miller

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Photo courtesy of Wesley Works.

Adithi Katikhaneni, Arts & Culture Editor

Greta Miller can be recognized by her love for the newspaper and people as a whole. With an enthusiastic attitude about helping others and giving back to the community, Miller spends her time inside and outside of EHS making memories with the people around her through  kindness. 

Pursuing nursing, Miller will be attending Temple University in the fall in order to begin a career in the field. 

Stinger: What made you choose nursing?

Miller: I was really struggling with what I wanted to do, I always thought I was a super introverted person. [Joining] the newspaper really brought me out of my shell and allowed me to experiment with talking to people. I really like to interact with people all day, and if I’m not, then I’m just really low energy. I [also] just really like science, but I really like the human side of caring for people. I just think it’s such a great career, especially since it’s so diverse. 

Stinger: What are some key moments from The Stinger or EHS that helped you come out of your shell?

Miller: I remember I did a story about homelessness, and I went to this shelter and I just sat down with this guy, and I talked to him. I was like, “Hey, I’m from the newspaper and I’m writing a story about homelessness in the Lehigh Valley. I was wondering if you would tell me a little bit about your experience.” It was terrifying. I don’t know what got me to do that, because I was so antisocial at that point, but it was such an eye opening experience to talk to him, it was so awesome.

Stinger: Do you have any fears about being a nurse?

Miller: Um, of course I do. I feel like it’s a great responsibility. Sometimes I think about whether or not I’m capable of doing something like taking someone’s life into your own hand. But I think that you gain competence as you learn, and it’s such a rewarding career. I think that all my fears are going to be worth it.

Stinger: What do you do outside of school?

Miller: Some of the greatest things that I did, in my opinion, was, I’m going to be a lifeguard this summer at the Macungie Pool, and I’m really, really excited for that. I also helped my dad a lot, on his farm. That was one of the most impactful things [I did]. I really liked doing that for my dad. 

Stinger: What was it like growing up on the farm?

Miller: Honestly, it never struck me as something that was unique. It’s just a different form of life that I think a lot of people would greatly benefit from, even just having a small farm. It’s just so important to spend time doing something disciplined. Some people pick up guitar and I even tried to pick up guitar but, find something that you’re really passionate about. [Something] that you like to take care of. I feel like a farm is perfect because it’s like your baby, you want to take care of it and you want to make it perfect.

Stinger: What are some lessons that the farm taught you?

Miller: I would say one of the biggest lessons is the idea of persistence. I feel like I’m privileged in a way to understand what real hard work is. This was the same farm that my dad worked on with his dad and all my aunts and uncles. They always talked about, “Oh, you [kids] don’t work as hard as we did,” and I feel like it’s just so important to kind of get a taste of that—to really get what so many people around us do day to day. 

Stinger: What is one of your favorite memories from EHS?

Miller: A really good [memory] was when we went to D.C., because I feel like it was one of the first times that I was able to go on a cool trip with like friends, and I love doing the [journalism competitions]. I just have to say that I cherish this newspaper a lot, and I really cherish the people that are in it. I felt so thankful to be able to hang out with [the staff] for a whole weekend, it was so fun.

Stinger: What is something that you would tell your younger self?

Miller: Don’t take yourself too seriously. I felt like I took every situation like if you don’t succeed now, you have failed forever. I felt like I needed to step back and realize that life isn’t as serious as I made it out to be. It’s important to relax and enjoy the ride a little bit, you know?