Elias Cotton

Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri
Year: Sophomore
Major: Electrical engineering & physics

How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?

For me, I knew next to nothing about college life (being a first gen college student). I was kind of stepping into the unknown, and as the oldest in my family, I was also the first to leave the nest.

It was honestly very freeing though, being on my own. I miss my family a lot, but having the ability to build my schedule and have more free time to do what I want was both a great relief as well as a solid exercise in responsibility.

What is your favorite dining hall and why?

Food! The perfect question. I think my favorite dining hall has got to be Plaza 900. There is always something new every day, it feels like, and even the food they offer every day like burgers, pizza, and the stir fry are all instant classics. And all you can eat? SIGN ME UP! I still remember eating my heart out on college visits and during summer camps here, and it has never let me down.