Emily Manion

Hometown: Platte City, Missouri
Year: Junior
Major: Animal science

What is your favorite Mizzou memory?

My sophomore year homecoming was my favorite day so far! I woke up and bundled up because this was the first day it had gotten down into the low 30’s so far in the fall season. I met up with my friends Jill and Megan to go downtown to get Harold’s Donuts before we watched the parade.

We sat in the cold and watched the parade and watched these two kids run to get all the candy they could fit in their arms. After the parade, we jammed to Mizzou’s Fight Song to get us excited for the game that evening.

In the afternoon, we went to our friend’s BBQ and ran into a lot of people from my hometown. It was really cool to see my hometown friends because I felt a sense of home at Mizzou. It was also fun to celebrate at the football game, even if it was almost 25 outside!

How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?

In my experience, it definitely took me a lot longer than I thought it would be for me to fully transition to Mizzou. My first semester of my freshman year was so hard because I was learning to balance my college classes, learning how to be an adult, living with a complete stranger and struggling to make friends.

I started to really transition towards the end of my first semester because I was able to really understand how to take my tests so I was more comfortable academically. I started to make so many friends and slowly started to balance my school and adult life. It was not always easy, but after I truly adjusted I felt like Columbia was my home.