“I get the experience of a four-year institution on a two-year campus.”
Academic Program: Associate of Science in Agriculture-Agriculture Education
Hometown: Gentryville, Mo.
Why did you choose to attend Missouri State-West Plains?
I chose to attend Missouri State-West Plains for many reasons, starting with the affordability of it, since they accept A+, and how close it is to my hometown.
How would you describe your experience here?
The only way to describe my experience here is remarkable. The faculty and staff are amazing, genuine people who really want what is best for you. The new friends and memories that I have made will last a lifetime. Lastly, I get the experience of a four-year institution on a two-year campus. Needless to say, attending Missouri State-West Plains is the best decision that I have made.
What has been your favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains?
My favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains refers back to something I touched on previously, and that is the faculty and staff members. They are always right there when needed and always know what to say to help you out. From the tutors working with you when you have no effort left, to a professor just talking to you, whether it is about college or just a personal issue, they are always there.
What has been your favorite course?
My favorite course I have taken is Honors 150 (Honors I Seminar). Even though it was very challenging and made me think outside of the social norm, the new ideas and concepts I learned made me really start to think.
How have faculty and staff helped you during your time at Missouri State-West Plains?
I feel as if the faculty and staff are what help many of us trudge on when the last few weeks of the semester are hitting us. I know that many of them have sat one-on-one to help many of us. There are just no better words to describe them other than a family rooting us on from the sidelines.
How did you choose your major?
I have lived on a small family farm my whole life. In recent years big business and those undereducated about agriculture have destroyed family farming. I think that the root of the issue is that people are no longer educated about agriculture in the correct way. The way that I chose to help combat this issue is to become an agriculture teacher to help educate the youth about the importance of family farming and agriculture in general.
What have you learned from the your experience here that will help you succeed in your education, career or life?
I serve as a Student Ambassador, and I think this opportunity will help me to not only succeed in my education and career, but life as well. It has taught me how to work as a team member, be responsible, time management skills, and so much more that will help me in the long run with everything.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduating from Missouri State-West Plains, I plan on transferring to Missouri State University in Springfield. There I will finish my agriculture education degree then move back home to teach locally.