Campus activities: Campus ministry; employed at University bookstore
Career goal: Become elementary school teacher
How would you describe Missouri State?
I love the atmosphere. The students here are really spirited. Freshman year, all the campus organizations hustle you to be in their groups — it shows they really want you to be involved. I would say Missouri State has become comfortable to me. It’s a big school, but everywhere I go I see someone I know. It feels homey!
What was the most surprising thing about being in college?
My first semester I learned a few things, like how weird it is not to see your parents every day. I was out late getting food the very first week of school and kept expecting my mom to call — then I realized I was responsible for myself!
How did you adapt to college-level classes?
Academically, the main difference for me between university and high school was the studying. I didn’t really have to study in high school. The first test here really surprised me! But now I have a system — I love flash cards.
What is your advice to incoming freshmen?
I would tell freshmen to get involved. I can’t stress this enough! It definitely makes you feel at home to meet people who share your interests and it makes campus not intimidating. Another piece of advice: Learn to balance your money. Your parents aren’t there to buy every little thing for you anymore, and guess what … toilet paper is expensive! Just learn to make a budget or set aside a certain amount for the necessities and you should be fine.