Territory: Southwest Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas
Missouri Counties: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Polk, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster
Other States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
About Emily: Emily joined Admissions in August 2009. She holds a B.S. in communications and Spanish from Missouri State University. Emily’s responsibilities include working with high school students, visiting high schools, and assisting with office projects.
Favorite thing about MSU: I love all the free resources that Missouri State has to offer its students. Need help with starting that first college research paper? Meet with a tutor at the Bear CLAW for no cost! Love NCAA Division I sports? Join Maroon Madness and enjoy free courtside seats in our $67 million dollar JQH Arena. That’s just to name a few things. The perks of being a Missouri State student truly are endless!
Favorite place to eat in Springfield: I love Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in downtown Springfield. There’s nothing better than a fried taco and chips and salsa!
Most interesting class taken at MSU: I would have to narrow it down to two. My sophomore year I took the Language of Music, and Dr. Amy Muchnick really encouraged us to ‘think outside the box’. For one of our class projects, my group performed an “American Idol” spoof, where I dressed up like a pilgrim and performed a Thanksgiving rap. So much fun! I also really enjoyed Communication and Leadership, taught by Dr. Gloria Galanes. With only seven people in the class, we really got the chance to have some great discussions on what it means to be an effective leader.
Most fun thing to do on the weekends: Springfield really caters to its college students. I love going to the Skinny Improv, a comedy group located downtown. MSU students often get discounted tickets, which is awesome. Plus, I’m always guaranteed at least two hours of hysterical laughing, which is a nice way to end a week of studying!
Best advice for future students: Get involved in something you love. Participating in our Alternative Spring Break program in 2009 was one of the most rewarding things I did during my four years at Missouri State. Instead of planning a vacation to the beach, about 30 students stayed in Springfield and volunteered at local organizations and non-profits in the community. We served meals at our local ‘soup kitchen’, picked up trash along South Creek, helped out at Ozarks Food Harvest, and much more. It was so awesome to meet other students from across campus that I would have never met otherwise. I made some great friends and memories!
Why Missouri State: I wanted to go to a big school that offered all the ‘big school’ things—athletics, student organizations, lots of majors to choose from, etc. I also wanted to go to a place that had a small-town feel and small class sizes. Missouri State has both. Plus, I was offered a great scholarship. I just couldn’t pass up MSU!