On the street: Students share aspirations for this year at MU

Freshman Tiffany Middlemas: “I’m looking forward to meeting new people, learning and having a new experience.”

Students complete one of many traditions at Mizzou as they run through the Columns towards Jesse Hall, marking their beginning school at the University of Missouri on Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2016.

The Maneater went around MU’s campus and asked students what they’re looking forward to this year, what they’ve enjoyed about college, and what’s on their to-do lists this week.

Luke Brown is a junior studying biology.

What are you looking forward to most this year? “I love meeting new people, and I’m a part of an organization called MizzouThon. It’s one of my favorite things ever. We raise money for the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. We get to meet a bunch of our ambassadors who had a bunch of different problems, like brain defects, and survived. Now they’re helping us raise money for other kids that need help. We’re raising money for the [neonatal intensive care unit] too. It’s a great time for all.”

What’s your favorite part of the college experience so far? “I love networking and talking to people! The amount of people I’ve met in college, I couldn’t trade that for the world. This atmosphere at Mizzou is wonderful to meet a bunch of people and get a bunch of opportunities that you wouldn’t get elsewhere.”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? “I’m going on a float trip, so I have to wake up early. I should probably finish scheduling for classes. And then I’m hanging out with friends later after the float trip.”

Tiffany Middlemas is a freshman studying business.

How has your college experience been so far? “It’s been pretty good! There’s definitely some adjusting, but pretty good.”

What has surprised you most about college? “The walks are not as long as I thought they would be. I was very nervous about getting across campus because Mark Twain [Residence Hall] is pretty far from a lot of my classes. It’s definitely not as bad as I thought it would be.”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? “Honors Induction Ceremony, reading for class and grocery shopping.”

What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m looking forward to meeting new people, learning and having a new experience.”

Ian Scott is a sophomore studying mechanical engineering.

What are you most looking forward to this year? “Probably my engineering classes and actually getting into my major.”

What’s your favorite part about college so far? “I lived here over the summer, and that was really fun.”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? “I have to finish my loan application, go to work and put gas in my car.”

Tymeshia Casey is a graduate student studying occupational therapy.

What’s your favorite part about school? “I love getting to know everyone.”

What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m excited to get really into [my program]. This summer, I only took one class, Gross Anatomy. Now, we’re actually getting into our actual major classes, and I’m really excited about that.”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? “I have to work, get my brakes checked, and I might have an interview!”

David Nymberg is a graduate student studying geology.

What are you most looking forward to this year? “Getting into my research and my program!”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? “I need to start preparing for the classes that I’m going to be a TA for. I need to go grocery shopping. Maybe some laundry.”

Hannah Roper is a junior studying accounting.

What’s your favorite part about college? “I really like the freedom I have to do whatever I want!”

What are you most looking forward to this year? “This is the year that I’m really starting to get into the classes that deal with my major. I’ve already gotten rid of all the general ed requirements, so I’m just focusing on my career, which is pretty cool.”

What does your most recent text say? “‘I love you so much’ to my mom.”

Tyler Jimenez is a graduate student studying social psychology.

What are you most looking forward to this year? “I’m really looking forward to getting into the research. Undergrad is over, and it’s time to start hitting it. I’m kind of getting used to living in Missouri and living in the Midwest.”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? “I probably need to read, probably need to write a little bit and probably just breathe. Maybe have a beer; relax before classes start on Monday.”

What does your most recent text message say? “Probably something stupid … actually, I think I was talking to my dad, sending him my new address.”

Dana Smith is a sophomore studying psychology.

What’s your favorite part about college so far? “The people. I’m going to be vague and just say ‘the people.’”

What are you most looking forward to this year? “Being more involved with events! I’m in DSA (Department of Student Activities), so being more involved in that.”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? “Fall Welcome Concert, and I think I’m supposed to go to a party, but I don’t know if I’m going to go. And eat breakfast?”

Ashley Guerrieri is a senior studying psychology. Her brother, AJ Guerrieri, is a freshman studying physical therapy.

Was the fact that your sister attended Mizzou a deciding factor for you? AJ: “Obviously, she chose the school first and had her reasons. But I kept visiting because of her, and that kind of brought me to wanting to come here.”

What’s your favorite part of the campus? Ashley: “Probably the quad, I love the quad!”

What has surprised you the most about college so far? AJ: “Just the amount of people, probably. And walking around and seeing all the options.”

What are three things you have to do tomorrow? Ashley: I have to work, I have to finish unpacking my apartment and putting everything away and probably clean my apartment.”

AJ: “ I have to finish taking the Alcohol EDU course. I’m most likely going to have to go to the Kappa Sig house to talk to some of the guys there. Maybe I’ll go to the rec center.”

Edited by Kyra Haas | khaas@themaneater.com

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