By Grace Funk

Welcome back, readers, to the second year of The OLu MUSE!

I cannot wait to see what the year has in store for all of us. As we embark on yet another literary journey filled with creative and imaginative fiction, thoughtful and inspiring poetry, and engaging and revealing exclusives, we invite you to join us.

No matter what genre of writing you prefer, our goal is to encourage all students to find their passion—their MUSE—to best express themselves. Whether you are an aspiring artist who wants to showcase your portfolio or a novice yet willing writer, the MUSE welcomes you.

We believe that everyone has a voice, and those voices must be heard. In fact, collectively, those voices make us better. As set forth in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” How would we ever grow if we are not exposed to a variety of viewpoints? Put simply, we would not. We must be challenged to understand, appreciate, and respect different perspectives. We need to see the world through the eyes of others. Doing so will not only open our own eyes but also our hearts. 

Our staff writers are a diverse group of young adults not afraid to share their voices with you. Whether they are confronting serious issues like mental health and politics or using a creative expression like poetry or art to bring awareness to a topic, our writers’ goals are always the same: to communicate with the reader.

We all have the right to write. The MUSE is a safe and welcoming place for authors to share their passions and for each of us to learn from each other. Join us. Your voice matters. 

Here’s to a thought-provoking, entertaining, informative, creative, and original year!


Grace Funk


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Grace Funk

Grace Funk, junior, is honored to serve as Editor-in-Chief for The OLu MUSE this year. In addition to the MUSE, Grace is a member of OLu’s Ambassador team where she enjoys sharing about her school with the community. She loves writing across genres, from poetry to prose to nonfiction. In her free time, Grace loves to read, watch football (or binge watch Netflix series in the offseason), and travel with her family. Her favorite books include the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness and her favorite fictional character from any book is Elizabeth Bennet.