“I love being able to meet new people from all over, yet in such a small community and town.”
Academic Program: Associate of Arts in General Studies with plans to pursue a degree in speech pathology.
Hometown: West Plains
Why did you choose to attend Missouri State-West Plains?
I love the community here, and I had scholarship opportunities and A+, which made coming here easier financially. I love the smaller class sizes and the small campus, too!
How would you describe your experience here?
When people ask me how college is going, I always say, “So far, so good.” My experience has been good so far, and I do not expect that to change. Through all the enrollment processes, admissions, financial aid, etc., it has been as smooth as possible.
What has been your favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains?
I love being able to meet new people from all over, yet in such a small community and town. My classes and professors are all great!
What has been your favorite course?
Since being enrolled full time here, my favorite class would either be IDS (Student Success) or public speaking with Dr. (Gary) Phillips. My IDS class is constantly doing something new. We hear from other departments and do practical activities and discussions. My public speaking class pushes me and allows me to interact and learn all about the other people in that class, and we have a lot of fun too! Both of my teachers are great!
How have faculty and staff helped you during your time at Missouri State-West Plains?
I have not personally reached out to faculty or staff simply because I haven’t felt the need to. But I feel comfortable asking questions or going to talk to someone if I thought I needed help in some area. They all seem to be approachable and welcoming. I’m sure I will need to reach out to someone at some point, and I have no doubt that they will be ready and willing to help.
How did you choose your major?
My high school teachers took a lot of time to invest in me, notice my strengths and weaknesses and help me with the pre-college process. I was encouraged to job shadow lots of different areas if I was at all interested. After job shadowing a speech pathologist who works with younger kids in school, I knew that was something I would love. I’m open to other things like childhood development careers, but speech pathology is my goal!
What have you learned from Missouri State-West Plains that will help you succeed in your education, career or life?
From the English Department and Dr. Phil Howerton, I learned that “a five-paragraph essay is like big hug.” From the Chemistry Department and the Communications Department, I’ve learned the importance of getting to know your classmates. Through being in those classes, I have developed some good friendships, and it has made me look forward to going to class. It has also helped with engaging in class, which is necessary for students to do well.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to transfer to a school where I can complete my bachelors and master’s degree in speech pathology. I have options, but have not decided where yet. I understand that plans change so I am not yet worried about all the details. My end goal would be to work in a school with young kids.