Back to College, A trip to Mizzou
This past weekend I took a much needed vacation out of New York City to visit my sister in college. She attends Mizzou (The University of Missouri), a large school with over 30,000 students and an insane amount of school spirit. I flew in on Thursday, to avoid weekend traffic and after arriving in St. Louis, I took a two-hour MoX Shuttle to Columbia in the midst of colored leaves, great smiles and sunny fall weather.
On campus, the students were really friendly and helped me navigate to my sister’s dorm. We walked for several blocks to get lunch, soaking in the smell of fall and the aura of campus life. At the Student Center, we shopped at the University Bookstore and I found a super cute brown fedora for only $10. When we checked out, we asked the sales rep for places to visit at Mizzou and she wrote out a list of awesome shops to check out in the town (on Broadway & 9th):
- Maude V – Consignment shop with unique vintage pieces
- Envy – Great stylish, fashionable clothing (loved this place and we bought cute tops – one with studded shoulders)
- Glik’s – New York style meets the midwest
- Absolute Vintage – Various selections of costume, vintage clothing + accessories.
- Breeze – Lots of beautiful and sparkly prom/formal wear at mid-high end prices + nice Nine West boots
- Blackberry Exchange – Cool, trendy vintage items at decent prices
That night we ate with some cool folks at HuHot (an all you can mongolian spot), which was absolutely delicious. On Friday, I class hopped with my sister and really enjoyed how intimate the classes were and how involved the professors were with the students, answering questions and setting up discussions. Afterwards, we went out to Colombia Mall (which we highly recommend driving to) and then at night we met up with my sister’s buddies (some of which were french exchange students) to Ragtag. This place was the shisnit as it was a cinema, bar and cafe all in one.
The rest of the weekend was devoted to game day but unfortunately we had to leave early since it rained and we decided to stay in and make it a movie night. Mizzou has such a peaceful feel and it seemed that most of the students were very happy on campus. The style was mostly sweats and t-shirts with flip-flops or flats. At night, ladies shook it up a notch with cowboy boots and dresses. For teens applying to college right now – if you’re looking for a big, active and sporty type of school, Mizzou is for you. There’s a spectacular TV station broadcast to the local community and the School of Journalism has a reputable program with alums like news anchors Jim Lehrer, Elizabeth Vargas and actor Brad Pitt. For twenty-somethings visiting Mizzou – be sure to check out the town, shops and local bars. There’s also a ton of space for hiking, swimming and hanging out with friends. Check out Stuff to do Missori for trip planning.
x ~Vanessa (24B EIC)