“I was able to become involved as soon as I registered to become a student.”
Academic Program: Associate of Arts in General Studies with Specialization in Honors
Hometown? Berryville, Ark.
Why did you choose to attend Missouri State-West Plains?
Many things impacted my choice to attend Missouri State-West Plains. Some of the top reasons include the general studies degree program, the ability to be close to family members, the ability to transfer my credits easily, and the many scholarships available—along with the already affordable tuition rate.
How would you describe your experience here?
My experience has been nothing short of spectacular. I was able to become involved as soon as I registered to become a student. I became a Student Ambassador, joined the cabinet of the Student Government Association, and received a great job on campus my first semester of college. During my second semester, I was able to be an intern on our Missouri State University branch campus located in Dalian, China. This semester, I am still involved with everything I was during my first semester. There is so much to do on this campus besides just going to class!
What has been your favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains?
There are truly endless opportunities at this school, including a great one to study abroad! MSU-WP covered my airfare, vaccinations, visa and dormitory as I went to China for a semester, all while still being able to use the scholarships I received on the West Plains campus. On top of that, I was even provided a job as an English tutor so I could make money to pay for my food and other necessary items. I loved learning the Chinese culture and language and making friends from all over the world.
What has been your favorite course?
My favorite class was elementary Chinese. It was so helpful during my semester, and although the language itself is very challenging, my instructor made the class so much fun, and I was able to learn quite a bit. I never could have imagined myself learning Chinese, because everyone always talks about how it is one of the hardest languages to learn, but because of this class, I now plan to further my language studies in Chinese when I transfer to Missouri State University.
How have faculty and staff helped you during your time at Missouri State-West Plains?
I have not met one unhelpful faculty or staff member during my entire time at Missouri State-West Plains. I was receiving help from admissions counselors and financial aid workers before I even registered to become a student. If I ever have questions that need answers, everyone I know will go above and beyond to answer them for me. Besides this, everyone is supportive and does their very best to help us achieve our goals. Every student on campus is on a different path in life and has specific needs, so the faculty and staff really do take the time to listen to you and help you meet your individual goals.
How did you choose your major?
I am completing a General Studies degree here at Missouri State-West Plains because I went into college not knowing what career I wanted to pursue. I hoped that by taking college level courses, I could find a subject I truly loved. I came to the decision to earn a bachelor’s in global studies after completing my associate’s in general studies because I love learning about different cultures and how others interpret the world. I love to travel and hope that my career will allow me to do so frequently. Additionally, I love to help others and make a difference, so I felt that global studies could get me very close to what I value most in life.
What have you learned from your time at Missouri State-West Plains that will help you succeed in your education, career or life?
The William and Virginia Darr Honors Program has pushed me farther than any other class I have ever been in. Not only do we learn about events happening in today’s society, but we analyze them and develop a greater understanding of everything around the event. And not only do we learn about the world around us, but we learn more about our own thoughts and behaviors as well. It’s truly a great program that allows its students to be better prepared for the challenges he or she will face in life.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to transfer to Missouri State University-Springfield and earn a bachelor’s degree in global studies. Directly after, I want to join the Peace Corp and serve in the Youth in Development or the Education sector. Following that, I plan to return to the U.S. to earn my master’s degree in order to teach at the post-secondary level somewhere overseas.