Scholar of the Week: Kaitlin Nokes

Welcome back again everyone! We have another fantastic interview that was set up with one of our Scholars, who is expecting to graduate this spring! Time is moving quick for this Scholar, and she was thrilled to get the chance to sit down with us and explain what life has meant to her in and out of the Scholarship House! Please meet: Kaitlin Nokes!

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 (if you are a senior, then please mention what company you will be working with or what you plan on doing after you graduate) and include some fun facts about you.

Kaitlin: I'm Kaitlin Nokes, and I am currently a senior elementary education major in the Mizzou Senior Year On Site Program (SYOSP), student teaching in Boonville at David Barton Elementary (grades 3-5) and Hannah Cole Primary (grades K-2). My day starts at 5:30 a.m., when I get up to go teach until 3:30 p.m., and doesn't end until my classes are over at 7:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m., depending on the day. So, needless to say, I am always tired; but I'm in the home stretch, so I keep moving!

I plan to move back home to O'Fallon, Missouri, and interview and at a few districts (Fort Zumwalt, St. Charles, etc.) in hopes of finding a job as an elementary school teacher. I do not have a favorite grade; however, I am hoping to be placed in either my fourth or first grade class in Boonville for my full-time student teaching internship next semester. It is a wide age range, because I love when they're little, and also when they're a little older and independent, and can hold a conversation with you. I am certified to be a substitute in Missouri, so I also hope to be doing that over break. Some fun facts are that I am a HUGE St. Louis Blues hockey fan, as well as a vegetarian. I also was two hours away from being born on leap year, so that's kind of cool, I would be like, 5 right now.

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

Kaitlin: My favorite memory of living in the Scholarship House was definitely freshman year when I was still new to the House and my surroundings. I was in the Purdy Room, just hanging out, not having the greatest night, when three of the upperclassmen came and hung out with me, asked me what was wrong, and let me know that I could talk to them if I needed to. It was the first time I actually felt like a part of the chapter.

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

Kaitlin: absolutely love EZ Charge (now called Tiger Cash) and the fact that Mizzou offers such a thing makes my life so much easier. I can eat at any of the dining halls or shop at any on-campus market, and use that as my source of payment. My grandma is the one who gives me money for that, and it has been a lifesaver when I was too tired or busy to go to the grocery store for food!

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

Kaitlin: The Evans Scholarship has helped me grow as a student because it has pushed me to do things I would have never thought I could. It has given me the opportunity to explore the professional world and change my major as I found out what I wanted to do, without penalty. As a person, I am more driven to succeed so I can uphold the prestigious reputation that the Evans Scholars Program has.

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

Kaitlin: If I could spend a day with Chick Evans, I would ask him to teach me how to golf, and then play a round. I know I'm a caddie, but I could never pick up the sport myself, and having Chick Evans teach me would be pretty awesome! I would also thank him for this wonderful opportunity he has given me, and let him know that I would not be here at Mizzou if it weren't for him.

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

Katlin: The Evans Scholarship has introduced to me to some of the closest friends I have ever had, and given me the opportunity to mature as a person socially, personally, as well as academically, without the fear of a heavy financial burden on my family or myself. I am so thankful.