Southeast Missouri State University

Anna Powell

Anna Powell

Anna Powell, a literature major and historic preservation minor from Risco, Mo., has a passion for travel.  As a missionary child, she spent a number of years in the Philippines and Honduras.  This summer, however, that passion led her to Europe.

“I spent the summer working with the Roma people and was able to see Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Austria,” said Powell.  “I went with a missionary organization called StudentDotGo and had a wonderful experience with them. The Baptist Student Center on campus connected me with the organization and through them I was able to learn about an ethnic group I had never been exposed to,” she said.

One of Powell’s duties was teaching English to the Roma people. She says her background in literature strengthened her ability to do this.  She adds, “the greatest thing about college is that it forces you to stretch your comfort zone and gives you a deep desire to see all the places you learn about.  Southeast has helped me gain the confidence and desire to explore the world as an individual.” 

Powell, who plans to graduate in May 2009, is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and was vice president of the fencing club for two years.  She currently works at Special Collections and Archives at Southeast where she processes collections of historical materials.

Powell offers the following advice to Southeast students:  “Education is more than what you learn in the classroom.  Experience and learn about the world from teachers, other students and the people you meet.  Don’t be afraid to stretch yourself in new ways; you might like what you find.”