Cole Lawson

2016 Summer Welcome Leader-Cole LawsonName: Cole Lawson

Hometown: Tuscumbia, Missouri

Year: Senior

Academic Major(s): Psychology



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

If I could do anything with my life, then I would be paid to travel the world and read. But so would everyone else if they could, I guess.

  • What quote do you live by?

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

  • How do you make Mizzou your home?

Some people say, “Home is where your heart is.” For the past four years, this university has empowered me to respect myself, maintain my responsibilities, discover friendships, and achieve personal excellence. I have been gifted with experiences that have made me laugh, caused me to cry, and forced me to challenge what I believe during my time at Mizzou. But perhaps the greatest gifts this university has given me are the people I have met and the relationships I have built that have truly made my undergraduate years mystical.

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

I came to Mizzou from a small town in the middle of Missouri. A fun fact I always like to share is that most college lecture halls are ten times the size of my graduating class at a measly eighteen. Many people from my town assumed that I would “get lost in the crowd” or “become just a number.” The scariest part is that I almost believed them. I will not lie and say that my first couple weeks at Mizzou were easy, or even enjoyable. But they were new and exciting and I didn’t know what would happen in the next four years, but I was hopeful.

Now here I am four years later. I have traveled across the nation serving countless hours to communities in need. I have donated my time and money to multiple philanthropies that have given me causes to be passionate about and pursue as fields of study. I have taught fraternity men and the Mizzou community the importance of recognizing our own privileges and the issues of social justice I was once too ignorant to understand. I have surrounded myself with some of the most transcendental souls that challenge me to be logical, to be just, to be idealistic, but most importantly, it has convinced me that I am enough.

  • What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

I think my favorite spot on campus is below the archway of Memorial Union. The solemnity of that space is almost mystical. Walking through the archway serves as a daily reminder of the sacrifices that past Tigers have made.