Hometown: Pace, FL
Major: Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Cecelia Andreo first visited Mississippi State during her senior year of high school. After that visit, there was no turning back.
“I loved the small-town environment and the SEC energy.”
With the assistance of MSU’s Career Center, Cecelia was selected for a 10-week internship program in Nome, Alaska. Only eight students were chosen out of 250 participants nationwide. Part of her job was working in the Summer Size program, an award-winning diabetic prevention program for children. She also has plans for an upcoming internship that will allow her to participate in diabetes research.
She believes that forging strong relationships with professors can help students get the most out of their educational experience.
“I really got to know my professors.This has opened many doors for me in my career.”
After graduation, Cecelia intends to pursue her goal of becoming a registered dietitian.
Hometown: Summit. MS
Double Major: Forestry & Political Science
After his freshman year, Chandler Guy took a life-changing detour. Chandler joined the U.S. Marines, then came back to Mississippi State in 2013.
“It made me take college seriously.”
Originally a forestry major, Chandler expanded his studies to include political science and is pursuing a double major. He has his sights on law school and earning a master’s degree in public policy. His goal is to serve his state and nation in a role that combines his interests in natural resources and politics, as well as his passion for his country.
Chandler worked as a staff assistant for Congressman Gregg Harper, an experience that helped clarify his plans for the future. He also served an internship with the Bureau of Land Management. This
internship allowed him to reach out to veterans and provide them with opportunities for outdoor experiences.
“Don’t be afraid to follow your passions. Nothing can stop you if you combine passion, knowledge and a solid work ethic.”
Hometown: Prattville, Alabama
Major: Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
"There was just something about Mississippi State that I fell in love with."
The green spaces on campus, the friendly people and the wealth of undergraduate opportunities made Isabella's decision to become a Bulldog that much easier.
Currently majoring in Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture within the College of Forest Resources, she says it has “amazing undergraduate programs” and “the faculty is very approachable.” Isabella plans to go to vet school at Mississippi State after graduation.
"I've always wanted to be a veterinarian, and the College of Forest Resources is helping me make that happen."
Hometown: Madison, AL
Major: Electrical Engineering
Isaiah Young was no stranger to Mississippi State. His dad, Jarrod Young, played football for the Bulldogs during the Rocky Felker era.
"I visited other schools, but MSU was the only one I strongly considered."
An electrical engineering student, Isaiah gained valuable on-the-job experience through an internship with Yokohama. But his professional interests aren’t limited to his major area of study. A photographer for Maroon Memories, Isaiah has turned his passion for photography into a fledgling business.
Isaiah is active with the EcoCar team, the Day One Leadership Community and the Wesley Foundation. As an MSU Road Runner, he plays an important role in recruiting new students to Mississippi State.
"When I speak to new students I encourage them to push themselves, study hard and make connections now. Work to be your best and always remember that college is just the beginning.”
Hometown: Centerville, TN
Major: Cemistry (previously Undeclared)
For this Tennessee native, choosing a college was easy: Both his parents are MSU alumni, so he was born a Bulldog. The real challenge? Choosing a major.
Despite his uncertainty, Jacob dove headfirst into university life. He thrived in the Honors College, especially the Quest courses, where small groups of classmates explore great works in art, music,
literature and film as a springboard for philosophical discussions and creative learning projects. For example?
“We put on a play of Romeo and Juliet."
By seeking out as many new experiences as he could, Jacob discovered his true passion: Chemistry. Now, he has this advice for new Bulldogs who aren’t sure what to do.
“It’s okay to be undeclared for a while,” he says. “Try new things, learn what you enjoy…and make sure you have a good, loud cowbell!
Hometown: Starkville, MS
Double Major: English & Mathematics
As a Starkville native, MSU’s vibrant community was a huge part of Joy’s childhood. From big events like the International Fiesta, to children’s plays for elementary students, she grew up thinking,
“I want to be part of this!”
Now, she is. On staff at the Streetcar, MSU’s student-run creative journal, Joy promotes the arts on campus. She’s researching the science behind words. And she sees children’s plays from the other
side of the stage (most recently as a fairy in “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”)
Of course, grades come first. Joy is a recipient of MSU’s Presidential Scholarship, and an aspiring teacher. One of her favorite parts of Bulldog life is being in the Honors College.
“You have small classes and really get to know your professors, but you still get the excitement of a big SEC school. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Hometown: Clinton, MS
Major: Interior Design
When this aspiring interior designer took an Academic Insight tour of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, she knew she was in the right place.
“It really showed me what I could do with my major and what my classes would be like.”
Now a senior, Martina is heading to San Francisco this summer, where she landed an interior design internship. MSU does “an amazing job” of preparing students for success in the workplace, says Martina, whose design work recently won a national award in the NEXT Student Competition.
She’s excited about what lies ahead, but she’ll miss her time at MSU.
“College is a great chance to broaden your world. Have fun and make amazing friends, but go with purpose — so after graduation you can look back and reflect on all you accomplished.”
Hometown: Olive Branch, MS
Major: Secondary Education
By the time Ross came to MSU, it already felt like home.
“I came up in high school to visit my brother. Everyone was really welcoming!”
One day, Ross hopes to be a college professor. At MSU, he learns by doing.
“We spend lots of time in classrooms as student teachers. There’s no better practice than actually doing it!”
Ross is in the Honors College and earned one of the nation’s top scholarships for education majors. Outside class, he’s just as active. One time, he helped his fraternity raise 122,000 pounds of canned
goods for Feeding America.
Then, there’s football.
“My freshman year — pouring rain. We were completely drenched, all ringing our cowbells. MSU was doing so well, nobody left!”
“Enjoy it while it lasts! It goes by so fast.”
Hometown: Milton, GA
Major: Marketing & PGA Golf Management
You might say Sally Morgan began her career preparation when she was four years old. That’s when she took up golf, an endeavor that is taking her places in her life and her career.
Sally knew she wouldn’t be a professional golfer but felt confident that she could be successful in the golf industry. After looking at several other schools, she chose Mississippi State because of the credibility of the school’s PGA program, the big-time D1 atmosphere and the “SEC buzz.”
She received an internship at the PGA national headquarters, an experience that has given her insight into golf marketing and helped her make contacts that will benefit her throughout her career. After
graduation, she plans to pursue her career in the corporate side of the sport she has loved since childhood.
Sally tells students to trust their instincts and be true to themselves.
“You’re the only one who knows what excites you. There’s no reason not to go after what you want with confidence.”
Hometown: Bryant, Arkansas
Major: Computer Engineering
A campus tour was all it took for this future engineer to realize he was exactly where he needed to be.
"I was so impressed by the modern campus and the breadth of research opportunities available to undergraduates."
According to Spencer, the opportunities available to students are what make the Bagley College of Engineering the place to be.
"I'm currently an undergraduate researcher, and that's usually unheard of at other colleges. The faculty is always available, and they truly want students to succeed."