I think Mizzou Should Have a Pawprint Walk of Fame…

Why do all good things come to an end?”

Those aren’t just lyrics from a Nelly Furtado song, but the truth. With the semester drawing to a close, it’s time to say goodbye to the class that started this whole thing: FIG.

When I first heard about FIGs during my visit to Columbia back in 2011, I was a bit skeptical. The idea seemed interesting, but I wasn’t exactly sure it was for me.

As time went on and I made the decision to attend MU, I came to the conclusion that being part of a FIG would be an excellent decision.

While there have been times where I was frustrated with the program, what I gained from it was truly priceless.

If I hadn’t joined a FIG, I might not of had the opportunity of meeting my lovely roommate and best friend, Allie Arnett. Her positive outlook and qwirkiness never fails to make me smile or encourage me to follow my dreams and stand up for what I believe in.

Being part of the FIG educated me on the numerous aspects of Journalism present at MU. If I hadn’t enrolled in a FIG, I wouldn’t have been inspired to pursue magazine editing as an emphasis area.

FIG class also got me to create a blog and express my writing skills in a unique forum. I am most grateful for this addition to my portfolio and the wonderful outlet it has provided me.

On a broader focus, the semester itself is also coming to an end. Back in August, December 14th seemed extremely far away. It’s scary to think that a whole semester of my college career is almost completed. I’ve been able to explore a variety of outlets I never thought were possible.

Since creating my first blog about my semester goals, I’ve made a lot of changes. I decided to switch from a duel-degree in Journalism and International Business to Journalism and French.  I made this decision after a strong recommendation from my French professor and a harsh realization that I didn’t like all the math involved in a business degree.

I’m proud with my accomplishments this semester. I become a staff writer and intern at the University newspaper, the Maneater, and will finish the semester with a straight-A average.

In the future, I’d like to continue to work at the Maneater and write more articles. I think it’d be really great if I could become the Arts and Entertainment editor at the Maneater next year and get an internship at a local paper back home.

In other news, I completed a leadership program, joined an a cappella group, and began to create my mark on Mizzou. I hope that with time my mark will continue to grow deeper and deeper making an everlasting impact, and a pawprint that will go down in history.  Because it’s not the end, it’s only the beginning.

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