University of Missouri-ColumbiaCrystal

Hometown: Nevada, Mo.
Major: Secondary English education

Crystal started college out-of-state but came back to Missouri after changing her major from pharmacy to education. Like many students, she realized what she first thought she wanted to do wasn’t the right fit for her. She changed her course of study and continues to work toward her career goals.

“Pursue your dreams and do what you want to do. Financial aid can help with the cost. Effort is the primary component of what it takes to succeed in college. Even if you don’t think your grades are enough, or your ACT score is enough, there are options.”