Activities: Academic Integrity Council; SOAR leader; pre-law fraternity; chief justice of Campus Judicial Board; resident assistant in Freudenberger Hall; Sigma Kappa sorority
Why did you choose Missouri State?
Both my parents went to school here, and they suggested I look at it. When I came to visit I just absolutely loved the campus. I had looked at a couple of other places but nothing had felt like home. Missouri State felt like home right off the bat. I could see myself here. I am super-glad I made that decision; I wouldn’t change it for anything at this point. In fact, my little sister will be starting here soon!
What’s your favorite part of being a student here?
The community feel. I love that we’re a major campus with plenty of students but we have such a small-campus feel. That’s because the campus is compact. We have an “everybody knows everybody” feel.
How would you describe the student body?
Everyone’s really welcoming. Most of the people you meet on campus are friendly and everyone will talk to you. I can be sitting in a lecture hall, and the person next to me will say hi. Also, the culture on campus encourages you to be engaged. People care here. They do more than just go to class. Everyone is involved with something.
What are your favorite fun things to do on campus?
I love the Student Activities Council movie nights. They show movies that aren’t even out on DVD on a big screen in the Union, and it’s free for students. I also love going to the men’s basketball games. Basketball is my favorite sport on campus.
Where do you like to study?
The library. it’s always quiet, which is nice because I am one of those people who needs quiet. It’s set up so you can have your own space and focus on what you’re doing. I love relaxing and reading a book on the top floor because it has such a pretty view of campus.
Is Missouri State a good value?
Oh, definitely. You’re getting an education that is just as high quality as anywhere else, but for less money. Also, you don’t have to spend money when you’re on campus. You can go to movies, sports events and tons of other free activities on campus.
What did you think of the process of trying to get financial aid?
The scholarship generator Missouri State has is great. You fill out just one application and it sends it automatically to all possible options. I thought that was so convenient. I didn’t have to fill out 1,000 forms. As a junior, I actually have more scholarships now then when I started school. You can get more aid as you go along, which is great. Since I have been on campus, I have earned scholarships for being a resident assistant and from my academic department.
How did you find the major that was right for you?
I thought I was going to be pre-med. I came in undeclared but took science classes to get ready. Then I took Political Science 101, a general education requirement. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. At that point, I knew I was interested in law school. I had heard political science will teach you to read, write and think — I thought, what better major for someone wanting to go to law school? I have been in the major for a year and a half and I just love it.
How does Missouri State set you up for success after college?
I have resources here I can use — the Career Center is a great example. They’ll hook you up with internships or people who are hiring. I went in there recently to get some personality tests to make sure I am still on the right track as far as career plans. They’ll help you with any aptitude tests you need to get ready for a major or a career.
You’ve lived in a few residence halls and are now a resident assistant. Why would you recommend living on campus?
It has lots of benefits, especially for new students. Living on campus helps you get to know people and get involved because you will hear about everything that’s going on. Your RAs and the older students can help you figure out campus life. Also, I can’t bring myself to live away and drive into class every day! Here, I can walk to class in five minutes.
What would be your best advice for incoming students?
Take a chance on any class, or group, or activity you think you might be interested in, because college goes by so incredibly fast. Any time you’re sitting around wondering if you should try something, you’re wasting time — take chances on things you’ve never done before!