I’ve posted our fall newsletter on mizzounyc.com, and as part of the newsletter, I got to speak with a current student at the University of Missouri. A native New Yorker, Danielle had been awarded a scholarship from our local alumni chapter and had left NY behind for the wilds of Missouri in pursuit of a journalism degree.

As one who’s quite proud to admit where she was educated, it’s always great to see the next generation of students striving for excellence. As a freshman, Danielle had already published almost 30 stories in the student newspaper (which is quite competitive, given the strength of the journalism school at Mizzou) and was looking forward to traveling abroad for a semester and studying Russian. Clearly, she won’t be taking the easy road to her degree; I think our scholarship for her was well-deserved.

Sophomore Danielle Kass:
A New York girl in love with Mizzou

The recipient of the 2010 MizzouNYC scholarship seems to be doing well at our home campus. When asked how her first year as a Tiger went, she replies, “My first year at Mizzou was AMAZING.” She says the campus is beautiful and the community at her dorm, Mark Twain, made her feel at home immediately. She lucked out with mostly smaller class numbers, making it easy for her to get to know her professors and embrace their challenges, turning to new classmates and friends to work through everything.

Danielle got involved pretty quickly in activities. She’s already published 28 articles and 4 blog posts as a staff writer for The Maneater. And she’s looking forward to being a facilitator for the You in Mizzou program, which holds discussions promoting diversity on campus.

Danielle is planning to double major in Russian and journalism, concentrating on Strategic Communications. She’s eager to continue her studies in Russian as she began learning the language in high school and loved it. She’s also both excited and nervous about her upcoming pre-journalism classes, J2100 honors (cross-culturalism) and J2000 (news). She says, “The two I’m taking are really challenging, but I think they’re going to be really rewarding.” [The Journalism School now requires 12-13 hours of pre-journalism classes by the end of your sophomore year.] Outside of being accepted to the J-School, Danielle hasn’t set too many long-term goals, but she definitely wants to study abroad, most likely in London.

Read Danielle’s full profile at mizzounyc.com!