Missouri State University

T-Asia Mays

Student’s dream of a career with animals becomes a reality

Financial support through scholarships enabled first-generation student T-Asia Mays to pursue her passion for animals at Missouri State.

Watching her mother graduate with an associate’s degree during her senior year of high school inspired St. Louis native T-Asia Mays to continue her own education at Missouri State University.

Once on campus, Mays found a way to turn her love of animals into a career through the animal science program in the William H. Darr School of Agriculture.

“My passion for animals followed me here,” Mays said. “My goal is to become an animal nutritionist and make feeds.”

T-Asia Mays with an elephant

Giving and receiving

Outside of the classroom, Mays has been able to gain experience through her involvement in Sigma Alpha, a service sorority that promotes women in agriculture, Collegiate FFA, Residence Hall Association and Student Government Association.

“Within the organizations I’m a part of I have the chance to give back to the community by volunteering,” Mays said. “It’s important for me to give back to my community; even though I don’t have a lot, I can give my time to help others.”

Giving back through volunteering is especially meaningful for Mays because as a scholarship recipient, she feels as though donors have given to her. 

“I’m thankful for the blessing to pursue my education, my career, my hopes and my dreams,” Mays said. “Receiving scholarships makes me feel wonderful because I know that someone is willing to pay into my future so that I can better the world.”

Looking to the future

The senior said her favorite thing about Missouri State is that it feels like home.

“Being at Missouri State has taught me how to be an adult and to stand on my own two feet,” Mays said.

As she prepares to graduate in May, Mays aspires to make her mark on the animal science industry.

“After graduation, I hope to have an internship with Purina or Monsanto,“ Mays said.