Missouri State University

Jordan Gaddie

  • Major: Writing
  • Hometown: Archie, Missouri

Writing student finds inspiration everywhere

Jordan is a creator who likes the idea of creating worlds that people can escape to.

For Jordan Gaddie, inspiration is everywhere, even at the John Q. Hammons Fountain on campus. She wonders what story she could build about a person strumming a guitar as the fountain waves roar behind them, or even about what might have come to Earth with a meteor shower.

“I’m always thinking about crazy, nerdy, creative writing stuff like that,” Jordan said.

A creative at heart

At her core, Jordan — a sophomore double majoring in creative writing and professional writing — is a creator who said she always liked the idea of creating worlds that people can escape to.

“That was me as a kid,” she said. “I always went to my books, so I want to be able to give that to other people. I like fantasy and adventure, and very abstract characters.”

That characteristic seems be a good fit for Jordan, who you can spot around campus wearing brightly colored clothing. That’s just who she is, she said, noting that she’s become a lot more comfortable in her own skin during her second year at Missouri State.

“I always went to my books, so I want to be able to give that to other people."

Gone are the anxious concerns about standing out in the crowd too much. Being on campus provides a sort of a safe haven in that regard.

“I graduated from high school with a class of 40 people, so coming to a school like this was a big change and it was real intimidating at first,” she said. “But now I’ve gotten to the point where I’m not afraid to be who I am.

“I’m not afraid to wear brightly colored jeans and anime t-shirts and walk around talking about the new cool video game that came out. Back home, it was hard to find that. Coming to a big place like this where you can belong is really nice.”

A creative academic strategy

Jordan has also found a sense of belonging in the classroom, as she’s moving closer to finishing her general education requirements and taking more creative writing classes in their place.

But as a double major, she has a strategic approach to her education. While utilizing creative writing skills to pursue her dream of being a novelist is very much in play, she’s also learning how to be a professional writer to help pay the bills in the meantime.