Summer Welcome wrap up

Things I learned while welcoming students and families to campus during Summer Welcome.

Incoming first year students at Mizzou Summer Welcome
Mizzou can help incoming students navigate the transition to college life. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri

From the desk of Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for student affairs

This month I have had the great privilege of speaking to incoming Tigers and their families as they visited campus for Summer Welcome. Held both in-person and online, Summer Welcome is an important step for Tigers as they transition to college life in the fall.

Summer Welcome provides incoming students the essential information they need about living and studying at Mizzou. During these sessions, incoming Tigers learn about college life and campus resources, meet future classmates and academic advisors, and register for fall classes.

As I told our newest students, it is normal to feel overwhelmed during this time of transition. The good news is, we can help them navigate these periods when they may feel stressed or anxious.

One helpful resource is Student Health & Well-Being, which offers counseling, physical care and wellness workshops to help students maintain their social and academic well-being. Our board-certified clinicians and other professional staff provide the highest level of medical, behavioral health and psychiatric care as well as best-in-class group and individual counseling services.

Another useful tool is the Sanvello app, free to anyone with a university email address. Sanvello helps manage stress, anxiety and depression from anywhere. It also has tools for meditating, expressing gratitude and tracking nutrition and activity goals.

Students can also help themselves by getting involved on campus. Doing so is the best way for them to have a meaningful college experience so they are more likely to return their sophomore year and achieve higher GPAs. The Involvement Ambassadors can help students identify opportunities where they can best use their skills and passion as well as make friends and build connections.

Students find their place at Mizzou in many ways. For some, it’s through involvement with a fraternity, sorority or one of the 600-plus other recognized student organizations. For many, involvement comes as a bonus of living with Residential Life. Others take advantage of the fitness and wellness programming offered by MizzouRec. Still others find their fulfillment in an on-campus job, where they learn valuable professional skills while earning a paycheck.

If you are an incoming Tiger reading this, I know you have a lot on your mind. Do yourself a favor and think about your next steps as you prepare for August. Make your plan for moving to Mizzou and check out MizzouOne to find answers to most questions.

And you can always ask me for help. My door is always open to Mizzou students, including those who haven’t had their first class yet. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything as you prepare for your first year at Mizzou!