Amanda Henderson

2016 Summer Welcome Leader-Amanda HendersonName: Amanda Henderson

Hometown: Garden Ridge, Texas

Year: Junior (Senior for 2016-2017 school year)

Academic Major(s): Broadcast Journalism



  • If you could do anything with your life, what would you do?

I want to tell stories and help people when I graduate. Whether that’s through journalism or through my life experiences I want to be a positive influence for people. I grew up as a military child and found that there is so much beauty in the bonds we form and the memories we have. So why not share them in a way that benefits everyone?

  • What is your favorite Mizzou memory?

I am a huge football fanatic and coming from Texas, I had high hopes for Mizzou’s football team {they were answered}. My freshman year, we made the SEC Championship but I was too sick with the flu to go. I was super bummed but always said if I ever had the chance again, I would go in a heartbeat. Well, that time came when they made it to the Championship again my sophomore year. I can’t even explain how amazing the atmosphere of the game was other than Fight Tiger!

  • How do you make Mizzou your home?

I applied for a few groups near the end of my freshman year {Tiger’s Lair, The Rock and Residential Life} and stayed involved with them ever since. I have poured my heart into helping make them the best I could.

  • How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?

I’m not going to lie; it was difficult moving nearly 1,000 miles away from home. But I was fortunate enough to find a great group of friends in Mark Twain my freshman year. They have been my day ones and stuck by me and my busy schedule. By forming those bonds, I was able to see the love and joy of Mizzou through them. As soon as I started putting myself out there and getting out of my comfort zone, I found the transition process to be much easier.

  • What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

Anytime I am on Faurot Field I am a happy human. I love getting to be in an environment that brings together such school spirit and class. Being on the field for games makes that experience even better. Looking up into the stands, seeing all the students singing the songs and cheering on the boys of fall is a truly amazing sight. There’s really no way to fully describe it.