Cassandra's decision to come to Missouri State was a challenging one for her. "Honestly, I waffled until the last minute. It came down to a decision between Missouri State and another university in Missouri. Both had similar scholarship opportunities, which was important to me. I took one last tour of the Missouri State campus and came to love the city of Springfield, the gorgeous campus, and the friendly people."
She also had trouble deciding on her major. "I knew I wanted a business degree and enjoyed CIS 101, so I talked with Dr. Chin and he advised me to try me hand in the computer information systems department. I started out as an OTSM major, then switched to CIS, and then eventually decided to double-major. Once I had settled on that decision, I felt so much better; it was stressful not to have a major.
Cassandra feels that students at Missouri State are given great opportunities to be successful beyond graduation. "The school of business has job fairs regularly, the CIS department has a 'CIS Day' that showcases employers of graduates, and the business advisement center is always able to help students plan out their schedules and search for potential career paths. Of course, initiative is always helpful too."
Her favorite part of being a student at Missouri State is the people. "I have made great friends here that I expect to be in touch with for the rest of my life. The professors are great, too; they are the reason I chose my major."
Cassandra has also served two terms as the president of Delta Sigma Pi, which she credits as a great leadership opportunity. "I learned to manage the executive board of the organization, and I served as a liaison with the college of business administration and the central office of Delta Sigma Pi."
She has an internship with Associated Electric and will soon have another internship with Conoco-Phillips in Texas. She hopes to find a corporate job and is also considering post-graduate studies in a few years.
"I am passionate about everything I do. I put myself into everything; my studies, my internships, and my relationships with my family and friends," she said.