Makenzie Koch's Profile

Makenzie Koch, assistant director of community outreach
Journalism major with emphasis in magazine editing,
Twitter: @makenzie_koch
Instagram: @makenzie_koch

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? I grew up in Odessa, Mo., a small rural town just outside of Kansas City. I have always loved reading and writing, and in high school, became fascinated with grammar. Ever since then, I've known that I could spend the rest of my life reading and writing, and I'd never get tired of it.

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? Beyond the Missourian, I am also a student staff member for the Department of Residential Life. I live in one of MU's residence halls with a large amount of college freshmen, trying to stay sane. I spend my free time watching movies or with my friends. I'm also an self-diagnosed reading addict and generally lose a lot of sleep reading "just one more chapter."

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? I grew up in a pretty small town surrounded by other small towns, but I've always loved big cities. Columbia is a perfect mixture of the two. It's still feels like a close-knit community, but there is a thriving culture and plenty of options for eating out. I see people I know when I go to HyVee or Panera, but I also meet new people every single day as well. Columbia is the best of both worlds.