Question – Who is Josephine Miner?
I have enjoyed helping you with all of your troubles this semester and hope they have all been resolved. As the semester comes to an end, my time at Missouri S&T will be coming to an end as well. I will be graduating this semester with a degree in Chemical Engineering. I came to MS&T in August 2015 fresh out of high school ready to start “the best four years of my life” as all of the movies and books would have you believe. During my time at Missouri S&T, I participated in multiple organizations. I was the Vice President of Chi Omega Fraternity, the Vice President of External Affairs for the W.T. Schrenk Society, the Secretary for Order of Omega, a flutist in the Symphonic Band, and your Missouri Miner advice giver and Features Writer. I have been at S&T for four and a half years and took one co-op. I co-oped with Anheuser-Busch, which lead to two more internships the following summers and eventually to a full time offer that I accepted.
As my graduation draws near, I have a few last words of advice to give to all students. Getting a bad grade is not the end of the world. One bad exam does not mean you will fail a class, and one failed class does not mean you will not graduate. Every student has ups and downs when it comes to grades and classes. What is important is to overcome this defeat and work harder. This is not an easy task and I have struggled with it myself. Secondly, you are capable of great change, whether it is changing your bad habits to better ones or being a catalyst of change in others’ lives. Missouri S&T and many of the school organizations give students many opportunities to make a difference in the lives around us through numerous amounts of philanthropy events and awareness weeks or lectures. Personally, S&T has taught me how to manage my time better and become much more organized and proactive than when I was in high school. Third, never be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is schoolwork, career advice, relationship/friendship advice, etc. Do not feel like you are bothering someone by asking for help or advice. Professors want to help students learn, COER advisors want you to get a job, and your friends want what is best for you.
Lastly, always be working toward the future, but do not forget to live in the moment. It is important to get your homework done and study for that test, to do your laundry and workout, but make sure to spend time in the moment. Go on spontaneous outings with friends. Join that organization even if it has nothing to do with your major. Enjoy the freedom that college gives to students. My biggest regret from college is not going on more outings with friends. Barely any one lives within 10 minutes of most of their close friends. College is a constant battle of stress, school or relationships, time management, and becoming who you are. However, Missouri S&T has many great resources to help students throughout all of college including COER, student health, the advising center, student disability and services offices, and many more. I sincerely hope that I have helped some of you with my advice this semester. Best of luck to all graduates and returning students in 2020.
Sincerely, Marissa Schaeffer