Senior Spotlight May 2022 – Matthew Miller
It’s that time of year! We are continuing our tradition of Senior Spotlights. For everyone, the past few years have been quite difficult, but we want to highlight our amazing seniors for having the tenacity to succeed through these tough times.
Meet Matthew Miller! He’s from Linton, Indiana, and he has always had a fascination with meteorology.
“I’ve always wanted to study meteorology. I used to watch The Weather Channel all the time, and I’d sit out on the porch and watch the sky with my Dad. Weather is both exciting and nostalgic to me, and there’s still so many things we don’t know. I want to help push research that explores how weather affects people and hopefully improve public awareness of weather,” he said.
So he traveled all the way down to Norman. During his time in college, Matthew was a member of the Oklahoma Weather Lab (OWL) and the Hub of OWL Operational Technology (HOOT). Matthew also was a research assistant with Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO), previously known as the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS).
To him, the toughest part of college was self-doubt.
“The toughest part of college for me was definitely fighting with myself over whether or not I deserved to be here. Sure, I fought and worked hard in my classes, but it’s hard to not feel inadequate sometimes when you see some of your peers who are crazy smart or some of the faculty who are constantly churning out groundbreaking research,” Matthew said.
But college is not all difficult times!
“My favorite part of college was the people I met, especially within OU Esports. The friends I’ve made here I know will be for life, and they’re truly awesome people,” he said.
After graduation in May, Matthew plans to attend graduate school to get a Master’s degree and possibly a Doctorate degree later down the road.
Congratulations, Matthew! The School of Meteorology is excited to see all you do in the future!