The Oklahoma native is looking forward to the challenge of living on her own. “I was most looking forward to being on my own and seeing if I could do that. I thought that would be kind of fun—see if I could actually survive,” Kirby said.
During her first semester at college, Kirby has done more than just survive. “It’s been really great. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve slipped up and called this place home occasionally,” she said. “I can’t emphasize enough the environment of Missouri State, which helps so much. They want you to literally belong here.”
Kirby, an Honors College student, didn’t waste any time getting involved in campus organizations, such as SGA, Scholar’s House Hall Council, Gamma Pi Alpha and more. Through trial and error, she is tackling the toughest challenge of college so far: time management.
“Probably the best thing anybody can do is get involved because then the time will fly by so fast. You need to be involved but not too involved. I was originally involved in so many organizations I thought I was going to join, and I was taking a full course load. I just realized that I can’t do this. I had to scale back and choose those that were really important to me,” she said. “From there, you have to adjust and get some sleep—scheduling in sleep is pretty mandatory.”