Creative Strategist & Coach
My name is Marisa Donnelly. I'm a writer, editor, teacher, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a creative marketplace, online community, and writing/editing services company with a mission of re-shaping education through a relationship-based learning lens. I am also the founder of Donnelly Daily Apple, a full-time homeschool program founded in COVID-19 to serve students with intensive intervention and small-group, project-based learning. I chose Waldorf University because I was intentionally looking for a place where I could build the connections I was so deeply longing for. As a multi-passionate person, I knew that a school like Waldorf could allow me to pursue all that I was passionate about — and I did. From spearheading the campus literary magazine and working in the Writing Center, to giving campus tours and triple-majoring in Creative Writing, English and Secondary Education (while playing full-time collegiate softball!) Waldorf truly blessed me with the opportunity to 'do it all,' and for that, I am infinitely grateful.
Since graduation, I have gone on to pursue my teaching degree, open two small businesses and become a writing coach and content creator/strategist for businesses and brands worldwide. Waldorf has helped me build incredible connections, long-lasting friendships and the confidence to pursue all of my crazy dreams. From this small and homey campus, I learned that you can be and become anything, as long as you're willing to put in the work.