University of Missouri – Kansas City

Name: Claire Engel
College: University of Missouri – Kansas City

1. What first drew you to UMKC?

I had traveled to Kansas City many times for soccer tournaments and always loved the city. Once while there, my teammates and I explored the college and I really liked the grounds.

2. What other colleges were you considering?

I was dead set on going to DePaul University. Then I woke up and realized that even with my scholarship, I could never afford it, and I didn’t want to be buried in debt. UMKC is much more affordable. I don’t regret my choice at all and I’m sure I’ll be even happier when I come out of school in two years loan free.

3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?

Pretty smooth. I missed some of the people I left in St. Louis, but I had no problem with the course work.

4. What was your favorite class? Why?

So far, I would have to say Introduction to Human Language. My professor, Dr. Stroik, was extremely engaging and it was the first class I have taken that has exposed me to entirely new material.

5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

University News, College of Arts and Sciences Student Council, UMKC Ambassadors for Stopping Human Trafficking

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

If you’re looking at colleges, don’t have tunnel vision like I did. Explore all of your options and all of the schools you are considering. I missed out on a great full ride scholarship to my school that I was overqualified for because I didn’t apply, as I was too busy focusing on DePaul.

7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?

The diversity and the friendliness of both the students and teachers.

Claire Engel is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.