Jake Boeding

Name: Jake Boeding

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Year: Senior
Academic Major(s): Journalism-Strategic Communication

What is your favorite Mizzou memory?

My favorite Mizzou memory happened a year before I stepped foot on campus as a Freshman. I had a few friends from high school that were Mizzou sophomores at the time and they invited me up to Columbia. They ended up getting me a student ticket to the football game against Texas A&M, so I borrowed a student ID and made my way in to Faurot Field. The game was awesome and the crowd was electric. Mizzou would go on to win the game and, as a result, would clinch the SEC East for the first time in school history. To make matters even better, the student section rushed the field. So, there I was, a dorky high school kid rushing the field for his first Mizzou football game. A remarkable experience that would signify the beginning of a remarkable time I would have at this university in the coming future.

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

It’s a bit of a blanket statement, but I would say my friends and family. I have been so incredibly blessed in life to have been surrounded by successful, hard working individuals throughout my entire life. They have supported me, inspired me to be a better version of myself, and have pushed me to continue to always live life to the fullest I can. I am so unbelievably grateful to have great people to call friends and family.

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

Just love people. Life is too short to not respect everyone you meet and practice a deep sense of empathy. If I can go through each day and love on people as much as I can, then I’ll consider that a success.

What quote do you live by?

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

How do you make Mizzou your home?

Investing in this community. That looks different for everyone, but if you are investing in this university then you will feel it investing in you. This establishes a feeling of warmth, trust, and home at this university that I didn’t imagine feeling before I came to college, but I do now.