Missouri State University
Martin Plute

Martin Plute

  • Major: History Education
  • High School: Collinsville High School
  • Hometown: Collinsville, Ill.
  • Activities: Honors College, Residence Hall Association

Martin, who is from Illinois, started looking at Missouri State because of our affordable price and good scholarships.

Great academic options, honors program and friendly people drew student to MSU

You’re from Illinois. Why did you look at colleges in Missouri?

It was close to home without being at home, and schools in Missouri are much less expensive than schools in Illinois.

Why did you choose Missouri State University?

It was the most affordable, and the honors program is really good here. I liked the school when I toured. Everything was easy to walk to. I also noticed on my tour, just walking around, that everybody was wearing maroon and white and were very energetic and happy to be here.

Why would you recommend Missouri State to other students from Illinois?

It’s very affordable to go to Missouri State, there’s always something to do and it’s just a great place to be. Springfield is a great city, and Missouri State is a great campus. So, if you’re in Illinois, definitely look at Missouri State!

Did you receive financial aid?

Yes, I have a scholarship. It’s really easy here to get financial aid. Missouri State, by far, is the best at giving scholarships and financial aid to people who need it and deserve it for what they have done in high school.

How do you keep in touch with friends and family in Illinois?

Facebook, phone, Skype — it’s all pretty easy to do! And it’s easy to drive back and forth. It’s only about a three-hour drive.

Describe the Missouri State student body.

The student body is very diverse; there are many different types of people here. Everybody’s really energetic, and there’s a lot of school spirit. And people are friendly — everybody says hi, waves or smiles when you’re walking by.

What do you like to do on campus with friends?

Go to basketball and football games. They’re just a lot of fun to be at — the atmosphere is great. Students get in free, so that’s a great thing at Missouri State!

How easy was it to get involved on campus?

If you want to get involved, you can get involved with anything you want. There are hundreds of student organizations on campus, and they are all easy to join. If you’re new to Missouri State, always get involved in something. Do something on campus — it will make everything much easier, and you’ll meet a lot of people.

How is Springfield different from your hometown?

Collinsville is much smaller than Springfield. There’s no movie theater, no mall — but we have the world’s biggest ketchup bottle!

What are your favorite things to do in Springfield?

Definitely the best thing to do is go to the Springfield Cardinals games! I am from east of St. Louis, so I like going to the Cardinal games here — it’s just like being home.

What is your favorite part of being a student here?

Living in Scholars House. It’s small, so everybody knows everybody.

Missouri State has many academic options. Why has that been a benefit to you?

I have actually switched majors three times now. It was easy to try new things as I figured out what I wanted to do.

What has been your favorite class outside of your major?

Probably my English 1 class. English has been the one thing I’ve struggled with most since my high school career. My professor took the time and worked with me. It was a great class and a really great experience. Those were probably the best papers I ever wrote, because she just gave feedback constantly.

What is your dream job?

To be a high school history teacher in some small school, like where I am from.

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