Name: Maria Ceriotti
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Academic Major(s): Psychology
Minors: Chinese Studies and Sociology
If you could do anything with your life, what would you do?
If I could do anything with my life, and money or practicality was not an issue, I would without a doubt be a Disney Princess. It has been a dream since I was young enough to know that the princesses who worked at Disneyworld were not real and that they were actual people, just like me. Of course, I wouldn’t just want to be any Disney Princess. I would want to be Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Elsa, or Anna (disclaimer: this is just my short list for which princesses I would prefer to play; I wouldn’t be too picky should any princess position be offered).
Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?
My role models vary in degree by importance, but all play an integral role in who I look up to. First and foremost are my parents. They show me what it means to love, to be selfless, how to work for what you want in life, and how to become the best version of yourself. Second is the amazingly talented Julie Andrews. She is a vision of grace, beauty, and strength. I was named after one of her best roles, Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music”, and to this day remains a source of inspiration.
What quote do you live by?
The quote that I live by (or rather try my best to live by) is from Edna Mode in The Incredibles when she says, “I never look back darling, it distracts from the now.” I try my best every day to live in the present because it’s the only time we are guaranteed and the only time when we have the power to actually make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. I try not to focus on past mistakes or dwell on failures because in the end, they brought me to where I am today, and today is a good place to be.
What excites you the most about being a 2017 Summer Welcome Leader?
I am most excited to work with the students and make them feel as comfortable as possible in their transition to Mizzou. It was during my time at Summer Welcome that all my worries and fears about coming to Mizzou went away and I realized I was not only joining a community of so many amazing individuals, but a family. If I could make the students I work with during my time as a Summer Welcome leader feel as welcomed as I felt during my summer transition, my goal as a Leader would be complete.
What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?
My favorite study spot on campus is in the Student Memorial Union. Not only does it have a Starbucks (beware: it could make your bank account cry if you utilize it too often), but on Saturdays during the day, there are not many people there and it becomes a very productive environment and study spot.
What is your favorite dining hall and why?
My favorite dining hall is Rollins. For starters, it has the best breakfast. Every day that I had an 8am, I went to breakfast with a groups of friends at Rollins, which made the struggles of an 8am class a little bit easier. They also have toasted ravs on Wednesday for lunch, and even if they don’t compare to my St. Louis t-ravs, they still never fail me. The best part of Rollins is Rollins @ Night, which stays open late with wings, pizza, and cinnamon sticks which really hit the spot at midnight while cramming for an exam the next day.