The Show-Me State Games Torch Run leaves The Quad before culminating with the Opening Ceremonies at Mizzou Arena tonight at 7pm where Mizzou athletes Brock Bondurant, Lindsey Cunningham, Sophie Cunningham, and Terrence Phillips will be special guests. The Show-Me State Games is an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sports for all ages and ability levels. Photo by Shane Epping.
Tigers of Mizzou: Coming from small town Camdenton, Missouri, Sadie Osment is excited to be somewhere bigger where there’s more going on. “I’m definitely looking forward to the college experience,” she says. “I’m excited to be at this big school and see different cultures and meet different people from different backgrounds.” The junior human development and family science major isn’t sure what she’ll get involved in at Mizzou, but she likes having so many options. “Every day there’s a different activity and a different way to get involved. I love that.” By Brittany King, photo by Mikala Compton.
Tigers of Mizzou: The Venn diagram of schools Luke Hutchinson was interested in essentially drew one big circle around Columbia. Hutchinson, from Arietta, Georgia, is a high-caliber wheelchair basketball player (Mizzou is one of a handful of schools who participate in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association) and an aspiring sports broadcaster (Mizzou's School of Journalism ranks at or near the top in the country). Also, the stir fry at Plaza 900 blew away every other school cafeteria he'd visited. Because he's "all in — there's no halfway," you'll see him rolling around campus this fall in a Mizzou hat, shirt and special-order black-and-gold wheelchair. By Erik Potter, photo by Mikala Compton.
Tigers of Mizzou: The first time Abby Walden stepped on campus, she was immediately blown away and knew one day she would call it home. Mizzou’s journalism school, the best in the country, made her decision even easier. Walden’s passion for journalism started in her high school yearbook class. Her time as the editor — good and bad — sparked her interest in a career in reporting the truth. “I went through a bad experience with a teacher who was not following journalistic standards of integrity,” she says. “That experience pushed me more into journalism. I don’t want other kids to experience things like that.” We’re excited for the Mountain Home, Arkansas, native to join our Mizzou family. By Brittany King, Photo by Mikala Compton.
Tigers of Mizzou: With Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan close by, Ali Best, a Bloomington, Illinois, native still picked Mizzou. “Mizzou is far enough away from home,” she says, “but I can still get back if I need to.” Now that she’s a Tiger, Best wants to focus on making her dream of becoming a forensic accountant come true. She believes majoring in accounting is a good first step. But she isn’t about all work and no play. She hopes to join the club softball team and to “inspire other students to branch out of their comfort zone.” By Brittany King, Photo by Mikala Compton.
Tigers of Mizzou: Some students get overwhelmed by Mizzou’s big campus, but O’Fallon, Missouri, native Imani Allen can’t wait to explore all that campus has to offer. She’s already set some pretty big goals for when she starts school in the fall. “I want to make the lives of people here better; I want to make people happier,” she says. “I like helping people, and I love science, healthcare and medicine.” Majoring in nursing was an easy choice. By Brittany King. Photo by Mikala Compton.
Getting rooms ready for the fall, MU Residential Life came across a beautiful note from a former resident. Enjoy!
To the new resident of 2112
I'll start off with a great piece of advice. Put your bed along the wall with the window. It may not look like the best place for it, but when you're in your room while there's a football game going on, you can open your window and watch it while you lie in bed. And even though you can't see the whole field, you can still hear the game and the crowd. Honestly it's pretty cool and even a little magical, especially if you love this school as much as I have come to. You're here in spite of how we have been portrayed in the media (which is in kind of a "only halfway true" way), so you must love it at least enough to look past all that and see what Mizzou really is. It is beautiful and the grandness of the campus is inspiring. There will be days where it's harder to see, but I promise at the end when you look back, it will be exactly what you see. Be involved. This is so important. By this I don't mean join a lot of clubs or groups. Be involved in life and be present in the moment. Throw yourself into every day. Go to events on campus even if they sound kind of lame. Talk to the person beside you in class. If you like quesadillas then I highly recommend getting one from Baja even though it is on the other side of campus. Enjoy every single day of freshman year because it flies by so fast. I'm sitting here writing this in a basically empty room because I just packed all of my stuff up. But I could swear that I was just unpacking it and wondering how to best make this place feel like home. Don't stress too much about doing that because it happens on its own eventually.
Enjoy this room and this year. ❤️ -KMF