Our intern, Andrew Lovgren, made the move to Missouri for the summer.
I came to Missouri to experience writing articles and editing for a magazine. What I got was much more than I ever expected.
Living in Columbia this summer gave me options, regardless of the weather. With free art shows, community events, garage sales, shopping areas, and movie theaters, I didn’t lack things to do. During my almost two months here, I’ve had a chance to visit Kansas City, St. Louis, and Jefferson City, giving me a chance to see more of the state than I ever had before.
In such a short period of time, it would be impossible for me to say that I’ve discovered what Missouri means. I do have a start. Everywhere I’ve visited I’ve found to be historically rich. More than that, I’ve found the people to be welcoming and ready to talk about anything from the 100 degree weather to the best place in the area to grab lunch.
Even with such high gas prices, which are again on the rise, many times I took beautiful scenic routes on my way to nowhere. Sometimes I’d end up there, only to head back a different way. Other times I found myself in somewhere I didn’t expect to go, discovering something new and wonderful in the process.
In hindsight, Missouri Life’s tag line, "The Spirit of Discovery," is the theme of my summer, both personally and professionally. I’ve learned much about both the fun and the work that goes into a magazine, and I’ve met great people and explored wonderful places. As I head into my final semester of college and then the uncharted post-grad waters, I’m sure I will hold on to what I have learned here.
I know I’ll be back to visit again soon, and, who knows, maybe one day I’ll come down here to stay. Until then, I’ll hold onto memories of this warm, Missouri summer.