Name: Hannah Feagan
Hometown: Joplin, MO
Academic Major(s): English & Women’s and Gender Studies
- If you could do anything with your life, what would you do?
In my life I want to make a deep impact that creates a more just and accepting society. I can’t decide what career path I want to take in order to accomplish this – I could be an attorney, a freelance writer or maybe eventually a politician. I just want to have a platform to help others.
- What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
As a freshman at Mizzou I got heavily involved with STARS – Stronger Together Against Relationship and Sexual Violence, a student run organization out of the RSVP Center. That same year we decided to bring Take Back the Night to campus for the first time in five years. Take Back the Night is a three-part event that brings awareness to issues of power-based interpersonal violence. I worked on the planning committee and saw every small intricacy of Take Back the Night be thought through, processed and executed. The event itself was easily one of the most powerful, heart wrenching and ultimately moving experiences I’ve had on this campus. It was incredible.
- What quote do you live by?
“The moon doesn’t want to fit in, With the stars. She is just happy, Being herself. Be the moon. Shine like the moon.” ― Pragya Rakshita
This quote comes from the end of a great poem. Its message discusses recognizing differences and diversity among people but celebrating those differences instead of demonizing them. That’s a personal standard I’ve set for myself and I try to live by it every single day.
- What excites you the most about being a 2016 Summer Welcome Leader?
I’m most excited to welcome the class of 2020 and make sure that each individual knows they’ll have a safe spot on campus. Not everyone is going to fit in across all of campus or will want to do the same things as the other people in their Summer Welcome groups – but that doesn’t mean that they can’t still make Mizzou their home. You just have to look for the places and people that make you feel valued and comfortable and loved. I can’t wait to talk to students about their potential home, community or safe space while they’re at Mizzou.
- How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?
My transition went really well. I was definitely ready for college. I was especially ready for independence, learning and a more accepting environment than my hometown. Coming from a conservative town in southwest Missouri, I didn’t always feel welcome in high school or in my community. That changed when I came to Mizzou.