Piper Stretz

Name: Piper Stretz

Hometown: Columbia, MO

Year: Senior
Academic Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): Political Science

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

I am so excited to have the opportunity to meet the incoming freshman and fully introduce them to the countless opportunities and experiences available during their time here at Mizzou! I am excited to share my Mizzou experiences with the incoming students, and hopefully provide a guiding hand as they acclimate themselves to their new lives as college students.

If you had a theme song to describe yourself, what would it be and why?

“Firework” by Katy Perry. I, too, have felt like a plastic bag, floating through the wind, ready to start again.

What brought you to Mizzou?

As a Columbia native, I have always grown up and around Mizzou culture. I always knew I would attend as a student, and was very excited to see the town with a new worldview. Mizzou provides students with so many educational and extra-curricular opportunities, that I knew I would be able to explore my passions to their full extent, both inside and outside the classroom. Columbia is rife with culture, music, and art, and makes it the perfect backdrop to the exciting and stimulating educational journey that Mizzou provides.

What is your favorite dining hall and why?

When I was a freshman, my friends and I lived and breathed the Mark on 5th Street. We would make the long walk from Gillett Hall several times a week just to indulge ourselves in the quiet and quaint atmosphere that is the Mark. This dining hall often features ethnic dishes and always has a great variety of soups and salads, so we could always eat something fun and new. The Mark is a little off the beaten path, but the quiet pace and delicious food made it our favorite place to be.