Territory: Eastern Missouri and other specified areas.
High schools in territory: Afton, Bayless, Beaumont, Brentwood, Cahokia, Central Visual and Performing Arts, Cleveland, Clyde C. Miller, East Saint Louis, Gateway, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, Hazelwood West, Incarnate Word Academy, Jennings, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville, McCluer, McCluer North, McCleur South Berkeley, Metro, Normandy, North County Tech, Oakville, Parkway Central, Parkway Fern Ridge, Parkway North, Pattonville, St. Elizabeth Academy, Riverview, Roosevelt, Soldan, Sumner, University City, Valley Park, Vashon, Webster Groves, Wheeling
Website for St. Louis students: www.missouristate.edu/stlouis
Website for diversity recruitment and outreach: http://www.missouristate.edu/admissions/diversityrecruitment.aspx
About Natasha: Natasha joined Admissions in January 2010. She holds a B.S. in Administrative Management from Missouri State University. Natasha’s responsibilities include working with high school students, visiting high schools, and assisting with office projects.
Favorite thing about MSU: I love how all the faculty and staff are very warm and welcoming. All the resources needed to help me succeed are just a click, walk, or touch away.
Favorite place to eat in Springfield: I love Wing Stop Restaurant. There’s is nothing like wings and fries on a Friday night.
Most interesting class taken at MSU: I would have to say my nutrition class I took during my last semester. At the time I wanted to find more ways to eat healthy and exercise. I knew some things about eating properly and how the body digests food, however, I wasn’t expecting to be hands on. My professor, Kathy Beberniss, showed pictures and models of what fat actually looks like in the body, what a damaged liver looks like after years of abuse. It was great and knowledgeable. After taking that class I began to watch more closely to the foods I ate and thought about life changes.
Most fun thing to do on the weekends: The best thing about Springfield is that it’s a city of entertainment. During the first weekend of the month a host of local businesses in the downtown area would participate in “Art Walk”. Some businesses would have live bands performing and free snacks to enjoy. Other times my friends and I would take trips to Branson to visit the outlet mall and eat at Joe’s Crab Shack for the day.
Best advice for future students: Get involved early and often. Don’t limit yourself to doing the activities you did before you came to college. If you try something and it turns out not to be for you, it’s okay, keep trying until you find the best fit. That includes classes. Once on campus you may find out that the major you intended was not for you, you’re not alone and don’t have to figure it out by yourself. Know that there are people willing and ready to help you succeed in every endeavor. College is going to be the most memorable time in your life. When someone asks what did you do while attending college, you want to be able to say in response “Do you have a few days for me to tell you?”
Why Missouri State: I wanted to attend a school that had the full college experience all in one; sports, traditions, “at-home” feeling, and more. From the time I arrived on campus I knew Missouri State was the place for me. As an added bonus I was keeping with the tradition of my family all of whom are alumni.