Gretchen Metzger

2016 Summer Welcome Leader-Gretchen MetzgerName: Gretchen Metzger

Hometown: Lindenhurst, IL

Year: Freshman

Academic Major(s): Business major with a biology minor



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

Someday I’d like to start a non-profit for raising money to donate medical supplies and devices to countries overseas that don’t have the resources and money to supply them otherwise. Many countries have the doctors and staff to implement the use, just not the actual supplies to save lives, which I’d like to help change.

  • What is your favorite Mizzou memory?

My favorite Mizzou memories have been the small moments that I could have never planned for. One night, my girl friends and I pushed together the couches in the lobby of our floor and got a bunch of blankets, and watched the first Harry Potter movie together. Another one of my favorite memories was when a bunch of my friends and I moved all of the furniture in our floor study room out of the way to learn the footloose dance.

  • What quote do you live by?

I really like the quote “Nobody has everything, but everyone has something.” Everyone has their own strengths that are extremely valuable, but no one person is perfect and can do everything well! Recognizing your strengths as an individual is the key; everyone has something special about them that they can bring to the table.

  • How do you make Mizzou your home?

I made Mizzou my home by getting involved! Greek life, residential hall student government, and a few study groups I got involved with helped make the campus feel a lot smaller. I tried to put myself out there and attend as many events as I could from organizations like Mizzou After Dark and religious groups. I also think through establishing a routine of going to the same coffee places each day and getting close with people on your floor, Mizzou quickly starts to feel like home.

  • What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

My favorite spot on campus is Peace Park. It’s always very quiet and has a nice spot to set up a hammock and read a book. It is definitely something you have to do at least once while attending Mizzou.