I’m Sean McNealy, a sophomore at MU from Rockford, Ill., and I am new to the science and agricultural journalism program. I came into Mizzou as a fisheries and wildlife sciences major, but decided during my sophomore year to also pursue a degree in science and agricultural journalism. In addition to pursuing these two degrees, I am also working on getting a minor in Spanish.
I grew up in a community about an hour northwest of the Chicago suburbs. Proximity to both large metropolises, such as Chicago and Milwaukee, and unique state parks, really fostered my love for the city and for the outdoors. This led to my desire to pursue a degree I could apply to both rural and urban settings.
I’ve always had a love for animals and nature; so going into wildlife science was a no-brainer. After my freshman year, I felt like I wanted to do more than just wildlife management and began looking into other majors. I found science and agricultural journalism and thought it would be a great way spread the message of conservation, something that is very important to me. I currently don’t have a set career or profession I would like to go into, but as long as I’m happy doing what I love, I’m open to anything.
At MU, I am a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and have participated in Mizzou Alternative Breaks to northwest Alabama, New Orleans, and this spring, to South Dakota.
I’m very excited to be exploring and immersing myself into the science and agricultural program at Mizzou this year!