Melissa Downs studied writing, rhetoric and literacy in University. She values the diverse ways of thinking and perspectives that her education has shown her and enjoys learning about all different cultures and walks of life. Melissa is interested in the power of storytelling and believes that it is a vital, universal part of the human experience that needs the most diverse range of voices in order to see “the bigger picture” in life. Culturs magazine is a great way for these stories to be both shared and heard on a broader scale. She has a particular interest in how storytelling can be applied to a broad range of subjects, including some areas of personal interest such as the humanities, environmental justice and even digital gaming.