My name is Thomas Hatfield, I am a freshman currently pursuing a degree in science and agricultural journalism. I’m originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, where I was an editor/designer of the school newspaper “Red and Black.” In 2015, I received the Newspaper Front Page Design of the Year award from the Missouri Journalism Education Association. During my time writing for my high school newspaper I gained many valuable skills, I’ve covered everything from Westborough Baptist Church protests, to cuts in the school library staff.
My plan was always to go to the University of Missouri, my parents went here, I grew up only 30 miles south of Columbia, which meant I was always close to Mizzou. I went to every basketball game, and the fact that the journalism school is one of the best in the world, makes it where I want to be academically. However, I had no idea I would be doing science and agricultural journalism. Despite not having much of a background in agriculture, other than occasionally spending time on my grandparents’ farm, I decided that a science and agricultural journalism major would be best for me after hearing about my mother’s positive experience having gone through the program when she was at Mizzou.
In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball with friends, working on designs in Photoshop, and InDesign to keep up my design skills, and watching and reading about sports. Growing up two hours away from St. Louis has made me a huge Cardinals baseball fan, so I spend most of my nights tuned in to Cardinals baseball.