Our #LeaderBear this week is Christina Adams. You may have seen Christina around campus doing work with Planned Parenthood, at SGA meetings, in ResLife happenings, or when she ran for Homecoming Queen last fall! Christina is expecting to graduate this month with a Bachelor’s in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration, a Bachelor’s in French, and two minors – Ethical Leadership and Technical Writing. While that Ethical Leadership minor has certainly prepared her for a life beyond Missouri State, so have our leadership programs!
Christina is an alumni of the Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders program and Distinction in Public Affairs. These programs will help her in whatever career path she chooses and no doubt her experience on campus will too. In 2010 Christina was the youngest nominee for the Missouri State Women Student of Distinction Award. She also won the 2014 RA/RPA Programmer of the Year Award and received the Midwest Asian American Students Union’s highest award in 2013. Christina is a graduated sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority on Missouri State’s campus and has been involved in various other cultural, political, and honors organizations.
“When I first began in Emerging Leaders, I had been involved on campus, but I struggled with confidence and communication skills. The Emerging Leaders program focused on my strengths and provided resources to lessen my weaknesses. All of the leadership programs provide amazing connections, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to work as a participant and a facilitator in their programs.”
Christina’s best advice for any younger students reading this is to “apply for everything.” Get out of your comfort zone and apply for thing because it will lead to many opportunities around campus, in the community, and further. Each opportunity, she says, will be a thrilling and memorable experience.