Name: Chris Green
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Academic Major(s): Journalism—TV/Radio Producing
- What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
This is pretty much impossible for me to answer because my Mizzou experience has been full of so many amazing memories. I’ll never forget making my first college friends and the Midnight BBQ and bonding with them over One Direction, or getting the email saying I’ve been chosen to be an MUTV Exec, or going to the Tiger’s Lair Leadership Team “second-round interview” just to open an envelope that said “COORDINATOR! Thank you for being amazing,” meaning I got the job I wanted. While all of these (plus the amazing Summer Welcome reveal and everything that’s come with being a Summer Welcome Leader so far) have been huge contributions to my amazing life at Mizzou, I think my favorite memories have been the simpler ones. Hanging out with the people on my floor in the Hatch lounge, signing a lease with five of my still-new BFFs, and just living day-to-day knowing where I am—that I’m a student at the University of Missouri—are really what I’ll miss the most when I eventually and sadly leave this amazing place.
- What quote do you live by?
I live by a quote by Andy Bernard from The Office: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ole days before you’ve actually left them.” I’ve had so many amazing experiences in my life, especially at Mizzou, and it always seems like they end before they even begin. This quote helps me to live in the moment and soak everything in so I can cherish every experience. I will definitely have this quote in mind as I embark on the best summer of my life as a SWeize.
- What excites you the most about being a 2016 Summer Welcome Leader?
I could write a ten-page, single-spaced essay answering this question but I’ll try to keep it short. I’ve had this little dream of becoming a Summer Welcome Leader ever since I attended my Summer Welcome in 2013, but I always thought it would be unattainable. I was pretty shy as a freshman so I didn’t think I would be able to become a Summer Welcome Leader because of how competitive it is and because of the nature of the job itself. However, over my college career I have grown so much as a person and decided that, since I wanted it so badly, I might as well apply and just see what happens. I am absolutely elated to have been chosen and I cannot wait to help make the incoming students take this huge step in life with some more confidence and reassurance that I hope to provide.
- How do you make Mizzou your home?
Mizzou has become my home without even trying, and not just because it’s where I’ve lived for the past two and a half years. The most obvious way is by finding a strong group of friends that are a great support system anytime I need them. I have also gotten involved in organizations and activities that have led to becoming “families” (TL fam, SWamily) that I know are also there for me if I need anything. Plus, it helps to have a twin sister here who has the same exact background as I do and can be a little reminder of my original home.
- How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?
My transition process into Mizzou was much different than I expected it to be. My high school had only 200 students so I was expecting to be overwhelmed by all the students that go to Mizzou. However, I was able to quickly find a group of friends to help Mizzou feel smaller and less intimidating. As far as academics go, I had a hard time balancing school work time and social time at first, so I had to find that balance so my grades would stay where I (and my parents) wanted them.