Tom Swenson

Name: Tom Swenson

Hometown: Chicago, IL (the actual city)

Year: Junior
Academic Major(s): Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences with an emphasis in Environmental Science
Minor(s): History

What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

My favorite spot on campus is Tiger Grotto. It is absolutely beautiful. Nothing is better than swimming in the whirlpool or hittin’ the jacuzzi after a hard exam. Even if it’s the middle of December, Tiger Grotto is a great place to warm up. When I toured Tiger Grotto my dad made a comment about “struggling college kids” so I often send him pictures when I’m there to show him how great a place it is.

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

I would get my doctorate in Environmental Science and help the United States get on the right track to sustainable living. I would use my education to discover the ways the United States can minimize its negative impacts on the environment while still gaining all the materials we need. I would also love to travel across the country and world with my work to see how other countries work at achieving sustainability. I was fortunate enough to travel to Greece and Italy my junior year of high school and love to experience other cultures.

How do you make Mizzou your home?

I try to interact with as many people as possible to really make Mizzou place a home for me and others. Make friends! Join some clubs or organizations! Stay up until 3am talking with the people who live on your floor of the Residence Hall. Stick your hand out and introduce yourself! Without the extraordinary people at this school it is honestly just a collection of beautiful buildings. The human resources here are second to none and by talking to people you will discover so much about them and yourself.

What is your favorite dining hall and why?

Plaza 900 is the best dinning hall on campus because the stir fry there is straight fire. They also have the best salad bar on campus. Also Sandy is one of the nicest people in the world and it’s always great when she remembers your name even though she probably sees several hundred students a day.