Name: Alyssa Frickmann
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, New York
Academic Major(s): International Convergence Journalism
- What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
My favorite Mizzou memory was the tiger walk. The tiger walk is a tradition at Mizzou for first year students to run through the column towards Jesse hall to symbolize their entrance into the University. For me the tiger walk represented earning my stripes and becoming a tiger and becoming officially independent.
- What brought you to Mizzou?
The Missouri School of Journalism is what brought me all the way to Mizzou. When I was applying to schools last year to transfer to, I was set on going to a school with a well developed journalism program that would offer challenge me and push me to go outside my comfort zone, that has study abroad opportunities specifically for journalism and that offers a degree that is specific to the area of Journalism that I want.
- What excites you the most about being a 2016 Summer Welcome Leader?
I’m extremely excited to be a 2016 Summer Welcome Leader because of what an impact my summer welcome experience had on me. If it wasn’t for the Summer Welcome Leaders of 2015, I don’t know If I would have chosen to continue my academic career here and adjust as well as I did. I want to have the same impact on students, enlighten them about what this amazing university offers. If I can have an impact on a future student the way some of the past Summer Welcome leaders had on me I would call it a successful summer. I hope that I leave a lasting impression on the incoming students and that they grow to love this University just as much as I have.
- How was your transition process into Mizzou as a transfer student?
Adjusting to Mizzou was extremely difficult at first, but I give a lot of credit to the Emerging Leaders Program and the Transfer Experience and Advising Mentorship for making my transition process easier. I did a lot of volunteer/ leaderships work back in high school and I knew I wanted to continue some type of volunteer or leadership work here at Mizzou. The Emerging leaders program taught me a lot about who I am, especially as a leader and informed me of other leadership opportunities I could get involved with on campus. The Transfer Experience and Advising Mentorship gave me the opportunity to meet other students who were in the same situation as me as a transfer student. From these to programs I made close friends and connections with people that made me feel that I had a support system here that I did at home, learned about other resources and opportunities that were available to me and utilized them to the best of my ability.
- If you had a theme song to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
One song that describes me would be “I lived” by one republic. This song talks about living life in such a way that you do the things love, chase your dreams until they become a reality, even if you fall down or are faced with challenges because there will always be obstacles in the way of your dreams but once you finally reach them there is no better feeling in the world. I can easily relate to this song because I have been faced with many challenges and obstacles in the way of my dreams but I never give up and once I my dream become a reality, I will look back and be proud of the risks I took and the determination I had. Also this song talks about celebrating a life well lived, which is another aspect that I can relate to because everyone should celebrate a life filled with accomplishments, memories, good friends and family.