Priscilla Ayala


Kansas City region and other specified areas

High Schools in Territory:

Afrikan-Centered Education Collegium Campus (ACE), Alta Vista Charter School, Archbishop O’Hara HS, Belton HS, Bishop Miege, Bishop Ward HS, Blue Springs HS, Blue Springs South HS, Center HS, Central HS (In Kansas City), Cristo Rey, De La Salle Education Center, Don Bosco Alternative Charter HS, East HS, Fort Osage HS, F.L. Schlagle HS, Grandview Senior HS, Hickman Mills HS, Hogan Preparatory Academy, Imagine Renaissance Academy, J.C. Harmon HS, Lee’s Summit North HS, Lee’s Summit Senior HS, Lee Summit West HS, Liberty HS, Liberty North HS, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, North Kansas City HS, Northeast HS, Oak Park HS, Park Hill HS, Park Hill South HS, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Piper HS, Raymore-Peculiar HS, Raytown Senior HS, Raytown South Senior HS, Ruskin HS, Southeast HS, Southwest Early College Campus, St. Mary’s HS, Staley HS, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, Truman HS, Turner HS, University Academy, Van Horn HS, Verona HS, Washington HS, Westport HS, William Chrisman HS, Winnetonka HS, Wyandotte HS

Additional information

About Priscilla

Priscilla joined Admissions in January 2011. She holds a B.A. in History and Spanish from Missouri State University and is currently seeking her M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Priscilla’s responsibilities include working with high school students, visiting high schools, and assisting with office projects.

Favorite thing about MSU

We have created a “home away from home” experience, with a sense of family and community. This was what drew me to Missouri State University, and has kept me here. My life-long friends and mentors that I have met at Missouri State do not feel like friends, but more like family, because we take care of each other. I also like the fact I didn’t feel lost in a sea of people. I have found a place I could really make a difference in, because I felt like my voice and ideas were valued and supported.

Favorite place to eat in Springfield

El Puente Mexican Restaurant, and Nakato’s.

Most interesting class taken at MSU

The most interesting class I ever took at Missouri State, was a leadership diversity class that I took earlier this year, with Dr. Anderson. This class was more than a class; it was a place where we felt safe to dialogue about our true stories and thoughts on racism, privilege, and how to be an ally. This class was an eye-opener, and is something I highly recommend students to take.

Most fun thing to do on the weekends

There are many things to do around the Ozarks, especially in Springfield. Springfield encourages the arts, and you can feel this vibe by going downtown, and enjoy some local musicians, poets, comedians or local art. However, my favorite thing to do on the weekend is to go salsa dancing or going to the movies.

Best advice for future students

Get involved on campus. The more involved you are on campus, the more people you meet, which opens up your network, allowing you to be more accessible to different opportunities. You never know whom you are going meet. Take advantage of your college experience and opportunities at Missouri State.

Something you wish you knew before going to college

Take your ACT as early as you can. The more you take it, the better your score is. Start looking into fields of interest early, so that you can research schools and scholarships related to your interest.

Why Missouri State

I chose Missouri State, because I felt like this university really cared about my ideas and growth as an individual and as a student. Being a public affairs university, we give back to the community, and believe in creating component students and citizens. We also have many study abroad programs, including studying at Missouri State’s campus’ in Dalian, China. We have many internship programs, where you can have first hands on experience into your related field of study or interest, which can help in determining your future career plans. Most of all, at Missouri State, we encourage you and really want to help you find your passion.