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Making Valuable Connections

Grace Anderson has gained incredible hands-on learning experiences through Tiger Garden

Tiger Garden, the University of Missouri’s full-service, student-ran floral shop, opened its doors in 2005 and has provided numerous hands-on learning experiences for students across the MU campus. Those opportunities are what brought Grace Anderson to Mizzou. “I was really interested in the plant sciences degree program and when I toured, I had the opportunity to meet with Lesleighan (Cravens),”…

Senior Spotlight: Dalton Shust

Shust will graduate with a degree in personal financial planning

Around a year into his education at the University of Missouri, Dalton Shust was still in search of the perfect degree program. Shust had transferred to Mizzou after spending a year playing basketball at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. Shust randomly ran into an old high school friend one day on the Mizzou campus as…

Senior Spotlight: Rachael Bagnell

Bagnell will graduate with a degree in agricultural education

When Rachael Bagnell chose the University of Missouri, she knew exactly what she wanted to study – agricultural education. A legacy student, Bagnell’s father and sister both received agricultural education degrees from Mizzou. It was a degree program that Bagnell, who chose the teacher certification route, knew she could find success with. “I was looking for a program that would…

Senior Spotlight: Danielle King

King will graduate with degrees in parks, recreation and sport, and journalism

Since the eighth grade, Danielle King has known exactly what she wanted to study when the time came for her to further her education at the collegiate level – sports journalism. And by the time King was a junior in high school, she knew exactly where she wanted to pursue that passion – the University of Missouri. King, who is…

Senior Spotlight: Chloe Bilyk

Bilyk will graduate with a degree in food science and nutrition

When she was in eighth grade, Chloe Bilyk toured the University of Missouri with her family, as her older sister was in the process of making her college decision. Her family agreed that Mizzou may not be for her sister – but it was the perfect fit for Bilyk. While it would be a few years before Bilyk would make…

Senior Spotlight: Heather Vaughn (Snow)

Vaughn will graduate with a degree in animal sciences

Each year, CAFNR connects its students with numerous industries through two career fairs, one held in the fall and another in the spring. Heather Vaughn (Snow) took advantage of the career fair as a freshman and found an internship with Cactus  Family Farms, the pork division of Cactus Feeders, whose mission is to feed a hungry world. Vaughn’s internship was…

Senior Spotlight: Quinn McDonald

McDonald will graduate with a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology

Quinn McDonald has always considered himself a fitness fanatic and two opportunities sold him on coming to the University of Missouri to further his education. McDonald wanted to study nutrition and exercise physiology (NEP), and he wanted to take advantage of the MU Student Rec Complex, an award-winning facility. He felt both opportunities would allow him to grow in his…

Senior Spotlight: Laith Almashharawi

Almashharawi will graduate with degrees in biochemistry and film studies

The son of a physician, Laith Almashharawi chose the pre-med path when he made the decision to attend the University of Missouri, and the biochemistry degree program at MU offered him exactly what he was looking for. Almashharawi grew up in Columbia and attended Rock Bridge High School, and said Mizzou was his first choice when it came to secondary…

Senior Spotlight: Elias Bunting

Bunting will graduate with a degree in natural resource science and management

Elias Bunting has been able to gain valuable research experiences as an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri through the McNair Scholars Program. Bunting, who will earn his natural resource science and management degree in May, has spent nearly three years taking part in various research projects across the Mizzou campus. Those hands-on research opportunities have opened multiple doors…

Senior Spotlight: Gina Vekkos

Vekkos will graduate with a degree in hospitality management

An avid sports fan, Gina Vekkos was able to secure an internship last summer with the Schaumburg Boomers, a professional independent baseball team that plays in the Frontier League. There was just one minor problem – baseball wasn’t a sport that Vekkos knew much about. However, with the encouragement of a professor in the hospitality management degree program, Vekkos’ major,…