Name: Emily Hankins
Hometown: Wildwood, MO
Academic Major(s): Elementary Education
What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
Mizzou Alternative Breaks, a service organization, is an organization that I have been involved in since my freshman year, and last year I had the opportunity to site lead an international service trip to the Dominican Republic. I was able to get to know and connect with twenty other Mizzou students who had the same passion for service as me. I was able to make a new best friend out of the person who helped me to lead this trip. And lastly, I had the opportunity to experience mentorship from two awesome Mizzou staff members. During this week-long trip, I was able to serve an incredible community and foster friendships and connections between fellow Mizzou Tigers. While this memory may not have taken place on Mizzou’s campus, Mizzou gave me the opportunity to grow my passion for service, people, and education.
Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?
Ten years ago, you may have found us pulling each other’s hair and snarling at each other, but you ask who my role model is and my first instinct says my older sister. She is one of my best friends, the person I lean on the most, and someone who pushes me to be a better version of myself daily. She has been a huge part of my time here at Mizzou and has challenged me to step outside my comfort zone. She is the most intelligent, genuine, and bold human beings I have ever met and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.
What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?
Seven years ago, I stood on the top of Virginia Avenue parking garage with my older sister who had just finished up her second day of Summer Welcome. As the sun was setting, I looked out, we could see the entire campus filled with opportunities and experiences to come for her, as well as one of the most beautiful sunsets I had ever seen. (Side note, Columbia, MO has some of the prettiest sunsets around, get ready for it). Fast forward three years, and now it’s me, the freshman at Mizzou standing on the top of Virginia Avenue parking garage with my three roommates looking over our beautiful campus ready to tackle the next four years. The top of a parking garage doesn’t sound that intriguing, but trust me trek up the six flights of stairs and you are in for a treat. I’ll let you discover this hidden gem for yourself.
If you could do anything with your life, what would you do?
If I could do anything with my life I would for sure be one of those people who travel the world and tries super cool foods. I am a big fan of the show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, where essentially this man travels around the US going to local restaurants, and trying what they are known for. I absolutely love eating and trying new food and if I could spend my whole life doing that, sign me up.
How do you make Mizzou your home?
Growing up, I moved around quite a bit and at crucial times in my life, so I never necessarily felt like I had a hometown. That is until I moved to Columbia, Missouri. Mizzou is home to me because of the people that I surround myself with. The support system that keeps me going. The people that challenge me and who have impacted my college career thus far. I am an extravert, someone who gains their energy from being surrounded by others, and Mizzou has given me people in my life who make me energized and powerful. I can also consider Mizzou home because I feel that I have taken the time to get involved not only within the University, but with the Columbia community. I have had the chance to get to know Columbia, Missouri and the people that inhabit it who are not college students, and it really is a hidden gem of the Midwest.
What is your favorite dining hall and why?
My favorite dining hall is EASILY Plaza 900. Every single Tuesday and Thursday of the second semester of my freshman year at 10:45 a.m., you could catch both me and my roommate standing in the always packed stir fry line. We’d patiently wait to pick our veggies, our meat, and our sauce and prepare to indulge in the goodness. To top it all off we would end our stir fry meal with ice cream cones topped with chocolate chips as we walked back to our res hall (which was conveniently a jump, skip, and a hop away). You may think you are going to get sick of the dining halls, but just wait until you are going into your senior year of college and all you want in life is to be able to indulge in a 10:45 a.m. stir fry bowl with your roommate.