Colin Wilburn

Hometown: Laddonia, Missouri

Major and year: Biochemistry, Sophomore

Activities, Clubs and Orgs: CAFNR Ambassadors, Resident Advisor, Pre-Med FIG Peer Learning Assistant, Residential Hall Government, Research Member of Dr. Paula McSteen’s lab

Personal Pronouns: he/him

Why did you want to become a CAFNR Ambassador? I wanted to become a CAFNR Ambassador because I remember hearing from all of my family that attended Mizzou in CAFNR and how much they loved it. They inspired me to pave my own way at Mizzou. Once I became a part of Mizzou and CAFNR, I instantly loved it. I realize that not everyone has a family member or close friend to share their awesome experiences about Mizzou and CAFNR , so my hope is to share my love and passion for both and inspire others to be a part of all the great things this university and college has to offer.

What has been your favorite part of your degree program so far? My favorite part of my degree is how much they prepare me for my other classes. From Genetics to Cell Biology to Organic Chemistry and so much more, Biochemistry lays a foundation for all of these classes. I’ve found myself better able to grasp, memorize, and understand concepts thanks to those Biochemistry classes.

Best study spot? The reading room in ABNR or the tables outside of the Life Sciences Center.

Best place for a snack or coffee? Catalyst Café in the Life Sciences Center.

Dream career? My dream career is to give back to the small community that I’m from and become a rural physician.

What do you love about CAFNR? I love that CAFNR has such a large amount of opportunities. There is a research lab, class, or club that can fit anyone and everyone’s unique tastes.

What advice do you have for incoming students? Do what YOU love. Join the clubs, classes, and activities that you find interesting, not the ones that you think sound good on a resume. When you look back on your time in college, I promise you that it’ll be better when you create the path you want, not the one that other people told you to take.