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On-campus employment opportunities help Mizzou students learn and grow.

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Hope Johnson

March 26, 2021

Alumna Hope Johnson recalled seeing the calendar she designed on display in the Mizzou Store and finding the whole experience surreal.

“I was just kind of like circling around it, like ‘Oh my gosh, that’s something I’ve created,” said Johnson, who graduated in December. “It’s been super fun and super rewarding.”

As a graphic designer for Student Affairs marketing and communication, Johnson designed everything from posters to T-shirts. Being able to try new things is what she loved about her job, Johnson said.

Like Johnson, students who work in the various departments of Student Affairs earn more than a paycheck. They also obtain hands-on working experiences that help prepare them for their future careers.

“Our first obligation is the well-being of our students, making sure they have the resources they need,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bill Stackman. “Employment not only helps them earn money. It also gives them avenues to becoming engaged on campus and apply lessons they are learning in the classroom.”

Junior Emerald McKinley is a resident advisor in Residential Life, one of the many departments within Student Affairs. She said her job has helped improve her communication skills.

“Those skills are then transferable,” McKinley said. “I’m applying for another job as an optometrist’s assistant. I feel more prepared for the interview just because I have a wide variety of like communication skills that I’ve built through different experiences.”

Want to get involved and experience all of the opportunities Student Affairs has to offer? Visit HireMizzouTigers.com.

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