Parker Donovan

2016 Summer Welcome Leader-Parker DonovanName: Parker Donovan

Hometown: Herculaneum, MO

Year: Sophomore

Academic Major(s): Hospitality Management



  • Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?

My role model would have to be Harper Lee, a woman from the south who was brave enough to write one of the most important – if not THE most important novel – novels of all time. Talking about important social issues through the eyes of a child during the time period she did is beyond admirable.

  • How do you make Mizzou your home?

I knew Mizzou was home when I realized that I had absolutely no reservations about finding a comfortable couch in the basement of the Student Center and plopping down and taking a nap for two and a half hours. Once you feel comfortable to sleep in a public place, you know you’ve found your home.

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

Transiting from a high school, where my graduating class was 87 students, to Mizzou, where there are roughly 27,000 undergrad students, might seem overwhelming. At times it was tough, but by meeting the people I was living with and getting involved with organizations I was passionate about, I quickly realized that I could find that I could shrink down Mizzou’s campus to give it that old small school feeling, even at a school as large as Mizzou.

  • What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

Anybody who knows me knows that I am literally in love with the Student Center. Quite possibly the busiest spot on campus, you will always run into at the very least one person while hanging out there. Filled with great food, a social atmosphere, student chargeable retail, quiet places to study (check out the booths in the basement), and the most prime location to nap, the Student Center has everything.

  • What is your favorite dining hall and why?

My favorite dining hall is Plaza 900. Not for the food, but because I ate there literally everyday when I lived in the Residence Halls and I have so many memories of trying to cram 15+ people from my floor onto one table.