Joey McGuire

2016 Summer Welcome Leader-Joey McGuireName: Joey McGuire

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Year: Junior

Academic Major(s): Nursing



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

If I could do anything with my life, I would probably be an astronaut. I have always been curious about outer space, but after watching movies such as Gravity and the Martian, I became obsessed and watched countless hours of documentaries about living in space as well as space travel. I was also able to visit the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this past January while on my Mizzou Alternative Breaks trip, and needless to say I was like a kid in a candy store. Even though I think I would be scared to death if I was ever in outer space, I still think it would be pretty cool to see the world from an entirely different perspective.

  • What is your favorite Mizzou memory?

My favorite Mizzou memory so far would be the last regular season football game of the 2014 season against Arkansas when we won the SEC East Title and rushed the field after the game. As of 7pm on Thanksgiving, less than 24 hours til kickoff, I wasn’t even planning on going to the game since it was during Thanksgiving Break and many of my friends weren’t going. However, my cousins talked me in to going with them, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I remember celebrating on the field, giving high fives and hugging random people simply because everyone was so excited. Even though we lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship, we continued to prove the critics wrong and show why we deserved to be in the SEC.

  • What quote do you live by?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

I’m a huge fan of inspirational quotes, and it was really hard to narrow it down to just one. I like this quote from Wayne Gretzky especially because of how I think it relates to college life. Coming to Mizzou, I was surrounded with an entirely new environment and thousands of possibilities. Needless to say, I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t take any chances with my life. There are so many awesome organizations and programs here at Mizzou that are just waiting to be explored. So I would like to encourage you to take the chance and step outside of your comfort zone once you get here, and you might be surprised where it takes you.

  • How do you make Mizzou your home?

I make Mizzou my home simply by being myself. I think that Mizzou has the resources and programs to allow each and every individual to thrive in his/her own way. Regardless of what your interests are, you will find your niche at Mizzou. I found mine by going out and getting involved in several things such as Men’s Club Volleyball, Student Nurses Association, and Greek Life. Overall I am thrilled with where I am at currently, and can’t wait to get involved in more things in the future.

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

Luckily, my transition process into Mizzou from high school was very smooth. I met a lot of new friends during Summer Welcome and move in day, and they ended up becoming the large majority of my friend group today. I felt that my high school also did a great job preparing me for college life in terms of academics and being independent. Every single person will have different experiences that help acclimate them to college, but I hope that I can share some of my experiences in hopes of helping others make a smooth transtition as well.