Makenzie Koch's Profile

Makenzie Koch, assistant director of community outreach
Journalism major with emphasis in Magazine Editing,
Twitter: @makenzie_koch

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? I grew up in Odessa, Mo., a small rural town just outside of Kansas City. Since I was a little girl, I have loved reading and writing, and in high school, my English teacher instilled in me the importance of proper 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 support them in personal and educational issues. I spend my free time watching movies or with my friends. I'm also an self-diagnosed reading addict. Every Christmas break, I read the Harry Potter series. As of Christmas 2013, I have read the series 10 times, which my friends typically find excessive.

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 is small enough to feel like a close community, but it is big enough that there is a thriving culture and plenty of options for eating out. I can see people I know when I go to HyVee or Panera, but I can meet new people every single day as well. Columbia is the best of both worlds, and I'm so fortunate to call this city my home.