Every once in a while, I get to indulge my inner Tiger and celebrate both my alma mater and its fantastic students. As a member of the board for my university’s alumni chapter here in Atlanta (I launched and maintain the website for Mizzou Atlanta), I got to be a part of selecting our scholarship winners for this fall and posting their profiles on our website.

I interviewed our main scholarship winner, Courtney, who received $1,000 a year for four years. Not only was she impressive on paper, but despite our 20+ difference in ages, we seemed to have similar interests. The most noticeable was her interest in studying in London, which was where I studied in 1994. I immediately put her in touch with a couple of fellow program alums, one closer to my age and one closer to hers. (I’m also crossing my fingers that her father Joe isn’t terribly upset that I’ve encouraged this detour from Columbia for a semester.)

It’s interactions like this that make me proud to be a graduate of the University of Missouri, and proud to be involved with the university. I wouldn’t be who I am today without experiences like my sorority and my months in London, both of which I owe to Mizzou. It’s a big reason I am happy to give back and help others have the same experience on campus.

Read about Courtney and our other scholarship winner, Amanda, at mizzouatlanta.com!