Name: Annabel Ames
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Academic Major(s): Journalism and English
What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
Even though it was stressful at some points, my favorite memory is working on the community beat at the Columbia Missourian newspaper last semester. I love that MU provides students with hands-on journalism experience, and I enjoyed the chance to travel all over the state to tell the stories of Missouri residents. Working at a professional newspaper as an undergraduate was challenging in the best possible way.
Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?
It’s a cliché answer, but my parents are my biggest role models. My mom helped foster a sense of independence in me and encourages me to speak my mind, while my dad has always been someone I could turn to for advice and is a major creative inspiration for me with his writing. My sister, Benna, also motivates me. Not only is she a student athlete who manages to excel in school while traveling around the country to play collegiate basketball, but she’s a great kid who’s full of life, works harder than anyone I know, and is constantly striving toward her goal of being a doctor!
What excites you the most about being a 2017 Summer Welcome Leader?
I’m looking forward to getting to know each of the students in my group and hearing their stories, their aspirations and their concerns, while hopefully being able to help them feel more comfortable with this transition! The opportunity to share my passion for this university with incoming students is incredibly exciting, and I hope they grow to love MU as much as I do!
What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?
Bookmark Café in the basement of Ellis Library is basically my second home. I’m the type of person who can’t focus if I try to do homework at my house, so I’ve found that Bookmark is a relaxing environment to get things done (plus their tea is great.)
If you had a theme song to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
“Age of Worry” by John Mayer because 1) I love John Mayer 2) Because, contrary to the title, the song emphasizes not worrying about the trivial things in life and being content with who you are as a person!