When someone says Mizzou, our minds rush to black and gold tiger stripes. As an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri, I believe these icons represent something greater than unity and pride.
In high school, it was my dream to attend MU and study health care with the goal to become a nuclear medicine technologist. Last fall, I redirected my studies to have more creativity and social interaction through science and agricultural journalism.
Growing up in the farming community of Marshall, Missouri, I gained an appreciation for agriculture, which is sometimes overlooked. I was involved in the 4-H Shooting Sports program for nine years and competed four years at the National 4-H Shooting Sports competition. My time learning various life skills in the program provided me with a greater foundation to serve the interests of our community through agricultural communication. It gives me reassurance to assist youth in becoming leaders of tomorrow through my service as a 4-H volunteer.
To me, the black and gold stripes synonymous with Mizzou stand for my journey gaining experience to learn what the best path is for my life. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in his novel “The Great Gatsby”, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
I have an appreciation for all things old, from listening to vintage records, traveling to historic locations, quilting, wandering through antique stores and typing on my manual typewriter. I find that we can all benefit from expanding our minds, whether it is by understanding our past or planning for our future. I look forward to serving you this semester as a reporter for CAFNR Corner Post.