Cam Deckett, an athletic training major, was an athlete and a super-fan in high school. Once at MSU, he made a quick transition into being the ultimate Bears fan.
“Experiences you have to have.”
“I felt like I was missing out on the college life… But, I’m so glad I came here,” explains transfer student Shannon Hock.
“I was more keen for soccer in coming back”
For Hayden, his second year at Missouri State has a distinct advantage: “What’s better about this year, is you’ve got friends, so you’re not worried about who’s going to look after you.”
Get to Know Shannon Hock
Meet transfer student and psychology major Shannon Hock.
“I didn’t realize I would love being in a lab so much.”
During her first year on campus, Kirby Williams focused on getting involved in activities and making Missouri State feel like home. In her second year, Kirby found a second place to call home: the lab.
“My favorite part of this year is getting to volunteer more.”
During Loretha Cain’s sophomore year at Missouri State she’s been both a student and a teacher – passing on the important lessons she learns about media and communication in the classroom on to girls at Boys and Girls Town.
“Be prepared to meet new people.”
After his first year at Missouri State University, marketing major Alonzo Perez has some advice for new students: “Be prepared to meet new people. Everyone meets new people, but it takes a while to just find your true friends.”
“I had a few bumps in the road, but I jumped over those hurdles.”
After her first year at Missouri State University, Caitlin Polley has found her calling: “It [my major] was originally mathematics education, but throughout my first year, I have learned that math wasn’t my calling and special education was.”
“I can’t believe my freshman year of college is almost over.”
Loretha Cain’s first year at Missouri State was a time of growth and transition: “My first year was exciting, but the first semester was hectic moving from St. Louis to Springfield, not knowing what to expect, my first time leaving home that far for a long period of time.”
“I can’t wait to come back next year.”
Coming from Minnesota, Joey Saba didn’t know many people before arriving at Missouri State. But, it’s the people he met at MSU that made his first year of college a success.
“Getting involved really is what makes your first year go so smooth.”
Looking back over her first year at Missouri State, Kirby Williams can’t say enough about getting involved. “Getting involved—I know I stress that a lot—but it really is what makes your first year go so smooth and go by so fast.”
“I made some really good friendships there.”
As Hayden prepared to head home to Australia for the summer, he sat down to talk about his first year at Missouri State. Despite being far from home, he said that the new friends he made eased the transition.