Follow your heart, find your home

Miyah Jones missed the fanfare of high school graduation because of COVID. So, she dove in at Mizzou.

Aug. 8, 2022

For Miyah Jones, finding her place at the University of Missouri was paramount. The junior , political science major moved from Chicago to Tennessee during high school and felt disconnected from her fellow students. As she surveyed the landscape and found her various places and spaces, she knew she had made the right choice. Read on about how she fell in love with Mizzou’s welcoming way.

What was the transition from high school to college like for you?

As a 2020 high school grad, I didn’t get the full experience of graduation. I worked so hard for four years and got involved in so many clubs and organizations so I could wear the bright and colorful cords around my neck as I walked across the stage — and then COVID came. However, it pushed me to look forward to college even more. I got involved in college and joined Summer Welcome, became the women’s basketball manager and more. In just a couple years, I’ll soon get to experience that long awaited feeling of getting to walk across the stage in my cords.

Why did you choose Mizzou?

I knew I wanted to attend an SEC school so I could get the most out of my education, and I knew the MU School of Law would be recognizable later on in my career. In addition to all that, I would get to be close to my dad who lives in Jefferson City. I remember visiting campus all the time when I was younger, and I stayed with him. One of my favorite memories with my dad is eating at El Rancho in downtown Columbia. I’ve been so familiar with the campus since I was eight years old —it already felt like home.

What has been your experience with the Mizzou community?

Since coming to Mizzou, I have met so many amazing people and made great connections. It really feels like home, and everyone is so welcoming. I used my resources when I first got here and connected with my advisors and professors. Even President Mun Choi said “hi” to me at one point when I was leaving my class … I thought that was the coolest thing! Everyone really makes you feel at home at Mizzou and wants to see you succeed.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Follow your heart. Despite what colleges you’re looking at, choose what you think is best for you and where you feel the most at home. Be brave enough to step out of your comfort zone and get comfortable with the uncomfortable — you never know what will come out of it!

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