Name: Annie Stollenwerck
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Academic Major(s): Biology and Psychology
What brought you to Mizzou?
Both of my parents went to Mizzou, so I’ve pretty much been a Tiger since birth—my mom likes to remind me that my first onesie was black and gold! Whenever I was touring colleges as a high school student, I was always looking for a certain ~feeling~ when I was on their campuses, and in my head I was constantly comparing every school to Mizzou. I realized one day that the indescribable feeling was a sense of being home, and that I only really got that feeling here at Mizzou. As an out of state student, that feeling was the deciding factor for me, and I am so happy that I get to share that feeling with the class of 2021!
How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?
I bought a planner and honestly that saved me from dissolving into unproductive habits. Planning out my day and setting deadlines for myself really helps keep me, personally, on task and up-to-date, but it’s important to figure out what helps you before you get to college so you aren’t scrambling before your first round of exams.
What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?
My favorite spot on campus is the quiet room on the second floor of Ellis Library, mainly because of the random painting of a woman looking out over an ocean. Why is she there? Why is the picture apparently set in ancient Greece? Who is this woman, and what did she do for Mizzou? Where are the boats in the background going? Why is this the only painting hanging in the entire room? What is that box by her feet for? Why is the curtain hung so haphazardly up on the curtain rod, rather than just moving the curtain along the side? Why is the wall so short? Why isn’t she admiring the view? Is she sad? Is she lonely? Why does the ceiling look like a Belgian waffle? These are the important questions you ponder instead of doing your biology lab report, and in my opinion they are the ones that truly matter.
What quote do you live by?
I live by the poem “Don’t Quit” by Anonymous; my dad made me memorize it when I was younger and, even though it’s long, it is one of the best pieces of wisdom I can pass on to anyone:
“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh;
When fear is pressing you down a bit:
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer, with it’s twists and turns,
As every one of us someday learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night came down,
Just how close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you can never tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit;
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”