Alexis Cettina

Name: Alexis Cettina

Hometown: Robbinsville, New Jersey

Year: Sophomore
Academic Major(s): Strategic Communication

What excites you the most about being a Summer Welcome Leader?

YOU, the person reading this sentence right now!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

Follow these simple steps and you will understand exactly what my favorite spot on campus is:

  1. It must be about 10:30 or 11:00 am on a weekday.
  2. You must enter Bingham Hall and sit down at one of the couches closest to Baja Grill.
  3. Listen closely…
  4. As the employees of Baja Grill prepare for their first customers of the day, they listen to THE BEST range of oldies: If you love Frankie Valli, Etta James, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, and Marvin Gaye like I do, you have now found your favorite spot to study on campus.

What brought you to Mizzou?

When I googled #1 journalism school in the United States and Mizzou popped up, how could I ignore it? The summer after junior year of high school, I visited Mizzou and when I landed in Columbia, I thought I was in the middle of nowhere. BUT, once I took a tour of Mizzou’s campus and noticed just how incredible the program really is and how friendly everyone in Missouri is compared to people at home, I knew I was destined to be a tiger.

How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?

Having a vision disability and coming from a graduating class of 230 students on the East Coast, I knew my transition to Mizzou was going to be rough. The summer before I came to Mizzou, I cried spontaneously and for no apparent reason; I was confident in my decision to attend the best journalism school in the nation, but I realized the slightest thought of missing family dinners, walks with my dog, and pointless arguments with my bother caused me to dread the big move to Mizzou. As I am the only student from my high school to ever apply to, let alone attend, the University of Missouri, I knew that I had to accept the fact that I would feel lonely for the first few weeks, but I needed to be independent and proactive to form connections with my peers, advisors, and faculty in order to begin to feel comfortable. Getting to know my RAs, meeting with my advisors frequently, sitting in my floor lounge to meet other students, and joining organizations proved to be the best ways to form my Mizzou family. I credit my success at Mizzou thus far to all of the people who make up my support system and deal with my craziness because I know I would not have survived my transition to Mizzou without them.