The next time you’re walking through campus, you might pass Miss Philippines USA on the sidewalk. That’s because Chrystelle “C.J.” Volckmann is a Missouri State freshman, and could be the next star in modeling.
“As a non-traditional student, I think it’s harder to be surprised.”
A 29-year-old native of Virginia, DJ Zaruba has taken the life experiences he gained on the music touring road and applied them to his life a student.
“I’m excited to actually put into use what I’ve been learning.”
When the number of available graduate students was low, Caitlin Polley, an undergraduate special education student, was promoted.
“You’re constantly growing as a person. You’re never done.”
After two years at Missouri State, Annina Fremgen knew it was time to pursue a unique career at another university.
“Coming to a big place like this where you can belong is really nice.”
For Jordan Gaddie, inspiration is everywhere, even at the John Q. Hammons Fountain on campus.
“I was able to mix my enjoyment and my passion to pursue my career.”
When it came time to decide which career she was going to pursue, Loretha Cain knew she liked being on television. She also liked the idea of being a family therapist.
“You can come here and become whoever you want to be.”
From the stands to the field, Cam Deckett backs the Bears.
“Knowing that I could accomplish everything that I set out to accomplish was awesome.”
Before Kirby Williams arrived at Missouri State, she had already imagined what college would be like, and that vision could best be described, “As seen on TV.”
“College is about finding out who you are.”
Hot chocolate lover. Gamer. Creative. Jordan is still exploring campus and getting used to the size – after all, she was one of 40 in her high school graduating class – but she is making herself right at home and participating in lots of events.
“At MSU, you are constantly meeting new people.”
This freshman honors student from Willow Springs came to Missouri State to major in the sciences, but mid-semester, she changed to computer animation.
“Missouri State has been my home away from home”
“Music is a gift, and I want to share it with others and make people happy.”
“Time management is really critical when you come to college”
After a rough first semester of juggling time commitments, Chase got organized and has loved every minute of it.