Scholar of the Week: Dolores Palmieri

Welcome Back!

Yes it has been a couple weeks since our last feature, but this week is another fun read! Dolores Palmieri is currently in her first year at Mizzou and is already loving every second of it. We made sure to catch up to see what she has been doing around campus and her involvement in the Scholarship House, while also getting to know a little bit about her outside of Columbia, MO.

1. Describe who you are, what you are studying, class level, where you are from, what you plan on doing for the upcoming summer/semester and include some fun facts about you.

Dolores: My name is Dolores Palmieri and I am currently a freshman here at Mizzou. I am a student of the journalism school, and I am deciding between specializing in broadcast journalism and strategic communications. This summer I am excited to return home to the northern suburbs of Chicago. I will be caddying at my home course, Merit Club, and I will be spending time riding my horses and catching up with my friends. I also work at a local hair salon in my town, so I look forward to returning to work there for another summer as well. I love being outside so when I'm not working this summer, I hope to go on many fun adventures and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.

2. What has been your favorite memory of living in the Evans Scholarship House?

Dolores: I have had so many amazing memories in the House, but this one memory is one I will never forget. I had just gotten done with my first two classes of the day and I wanted to take a quick shower before my last class. Everything was going great and I was mid-shampooing my hair and all of the sudden I no longer felt any water running. I tried the other shower, no water. I tried the sinks, no water. So apparently I did not get the message that the water was being turned off at the time for whatever reason, but I had a big problem on my hands. I was extremely close to using the water I had in my Britta filter in the fridge to rinse out my hair, but luckily I didn't have to. Thankfully after about 10 minutes, the water was turned back on. So that is most definitely a memory of living in the House that I will never forget.

3. What has been your favorite memory being a student at Mizzou?

Dolores: My favorite memory of being a student Mizzou is the freshman tiger walk. All the freshman gathered at the columns and together we all ran through the columns toward the school. Everyone there was trying to make friends and everyone was just talking to one another. It is sort of a small memory, but I remember thinking how I was starting over at Mizzou and had to make a whole new group of friends. Now that the year is over it is crazy how many close relationships I have made that I know will be lifelong friendships. I can't believe how fast this year went by, and it is crazy to think that in three years all the strange faces that I saw on the tiger walk freshman year will be familiar faces at the senior tiger walk as we run through the columns once again, but this time as graduates.

4. On a more serious note, how has the Evans Scholarship helped you grow as a student and as a person?

Dolores: The scholarship has helped me grow as a person in so many ways. I have learned how to interact with so many different people with different personalities, and we all manage to get along and live together in the Scholarship House. It has made me always want to be the best I can be because I know my actions no longer just affect me, they also affect everyone else in the House. I want to make my fellow Scholars proud in all that I do, so the scholarship always pushes me to do the very best that I can.

5. If you had a chance to spend a day with Chick Evans what would you do? Is there anything you would want to say to him?

Dolores: If I got to spend a full day with Chick Evans, I think we would most definitely have to go golfing. Even though I am a horrible golfer, I could just caddie for him. I would want to thank him, over and over again, for starting this scholarship that has given me the opportunity to have such an incredible college experience.

6. Finally if you could mention one sentence about what the Scholarship has meant to you, what would it be?

Dolores: To me the scholarship means everything; It means a chance to go to a big university, to make my family proud and to follow my dreams.

Be sure to catch next week's feature, as it will be on a surpise senior and his journey through his four years at the house as our spring semester comes to a close this week with graduation coming up this weekend!