Missouri State University
Nii Addo Abrahams

Nii Addo Abrahams

  • Major: Religious Studies
  • High School: Carl Junction
  • Hometown: Joplin, Mo.
  • Minor: Philosophy

Religious studies major: 'I want to be that charismatic college professor'

Nii Addo Abrahams said visiting MSU "was one of those things like in a movie where you step onto the campus and you look around and think, ‘This is where I belong.’ "

Nii Addo Abrahams wasn’t going to come to Missouri State.

You see, there’s a reason he includes “Addo” in his name: His brother, Nii Kpakpo Abrahams (it’s a family name), was at MSU and was involved all over campus.

The younger Nii wanted a college experience all his own. However, “I came up on a weekend to hang out with my brother and I just fell in love with the campus and everything about it. It was one of those things like in a movie where you step onto the campus and you look around and think, ‘This is where I belong.’

“People are always nice on campus. They say ‘hi’ to you, they open doors for you; it really does feel very friendly. Everyone is just happy to be part of the community here.”

He started with a biology major, but a Religion in America course changed his mind. Now he plans to earn a master’s degree at MSU in religious studies and go on to get a doctorate. His parents both work at a university, and it’s likely he’ll follow their leads.

“I want to be that charismatic college professor, who when you walk past him on the sidewalk, you say ‘hey’ and give him a high-five. My professors have had a really big impact on my growth, so I want to help other people understand the things I’ve learned to understand.”

He loves being in the Honors College because “there’s this sense of potential that professors and staff see in all the students, and they are willing to go to many lengths to ensure that potential is realized. I don’t think that’s something you can get at just any school.”

He also likes the different methods of teaching that allow students to go more in-depth.

“In my honors music class, we took an opera called 'Dido and Aeneas' and modernized it. We put a spin on it where the main characters were soccer players, and it was really this soap-opera-esque thing. It was really funny.”

When he’s not in class, Nii spends time with friends: He volunteers with a ministry group, plays video games, goes to parks and rides his bike.

“There’s a temptation to trap yourself in the bubble of 'school first, and nothing else' but there’s so much fun to be had here,” he said. “For me, I’m really into sports, so going to basketball games and football games is a blast. I would tell new students to find that balance between school and fun to really take your college experience to an entirely new level.”