Joy Smith | Office of Admissions and Scholarships
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Joy Smith

  • Recruiting Coordinator for the Bagley College of Engineering


Hi! My name is Joy Smith, and I'm from Amory, Mississippi! Before making Orlando my new home, I went to MSU and majored in Communication. I love that Mississippi State is full of so much history! We constantly find ways for new parts of campus to reflect our roots. The Chapel of Memories is my favorite place on campus not just because it is beautiful but also a lot of my happiest memories on campus are in this place. I've been in multiple weddings, inductions, and meetings in this place. It is the most peaceful place you can go on our campus.

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Get to know me

The highlight of my experience at MSU:

One of my favorite highlights of my time at MSU was what I call my "MSU Moment." It was the fall semester of my freshmen year, and I was talking on the Drill Field and the Chapel of Memories bells were chiming. I got goosebumps and I remember thinking to myself, "This is home." It has been my home for 16 years now.

How would you describe the atmosphere at MSU?

I would describe the atmosphere on campus as magical. I think the students of MSU are the magic, and the camaraderie is unparalleled. It really is such a special place.

Most memorable class at MSU:

My most memorable class at MSU was Interviewing with Dr. Hank Flick. Hank is no longer with us, but I learned more in that class that prepared me for my career than anything else I studied. He was an institution at MSU, and is dearly missed.

My favorite on-campus treat is...

MSU ice cream is the best in the land! I know everyone loves Muscadine Ripple or Buttered Pean, but I love the Chocolate!

Favorite Starkville restaurant:

Starkville Cafe for breakfast! Get the pancakes!

Why did you choose to become an admissions counselor?

I love working with students and families, and when the position to join the Admissions office became available, I knew it was the right move for me. Being able to talk about my alma mater and see the lightbulb go off for students is such a rewarding experience!