My name is Matt Stahl. I was born in Palmer, Alaska, and have lived in this state for most of my life (with a few years of my childhood in Washington.) Prior to coming to Fairbanks to pursue my degree in English, I lived for almost a decade in Talkeetna, Alaska. I love Alaska for the mountains and the people, and I think those are the reasons that would make me stay here for the rest of my life!
I enjoy getting creative, especially with my writing. I have taken a few creative writing classes that allowed me to experiment with story and character. I have been trying to finish writing a novel for several years now, but I always jumping to new projects that keep me from reaching my goal. One of these days I will commit and finish a book before starting a new one!
I want to become a missionary when I leave university, but that won’t be for another few years (after I pay off my loans, of course!) I visited Thailand in May for my first missions trip, and my first time overseas. It was amazing! I think it would be incredible to teach English overseas while serving God as a missionary. Hopefully I can use my minor in secondary education to help me along the way. Below is a picture of me and my friends along with a few of the local Thai people that we met (I’m the one taking the picture)!