Catching Up With MSU Fall 2014 Graduates

Kimberly Lam: Photo Credit: Briana Simmons, The Black Bear

Kimberly Lam. Photo Credit: Briana Simmons, The Black Bear

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Kimberly Lam

Kimberly Lam graduated Missouri State with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration and a minor in General Business. Lam is from St. Louis, Mo. where she graduated high school in 2010. She plans to either pursue a master’s degree in business administration or public administration.

Lam says her biggest challenge in college was “Not having enough financial aid to cover costs, balancing being a full-time student, working full-time, and still wanting to be involved on campus, and meeting new people.”

Her most rewarding college experience is being able to graduate and walk across the stage earning her degree.

“I felt like all my hard work, and late nights of studying finally paid off. Considering I almost dropped out of college, walking and knowing that I will receive my degree was the most rewarding experience for me,” Lam said.

She is also the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Lam is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and during her college years she was a member of the Association of Black Collegians.


Sarah Thomas. Photo credit: Briana Simmons/ The Black Bear

Sarah Thomas. Photo credit: Briana Simmons/ The Black Bear

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas graduated Missouri State with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and a marketing minor. Thomas is a Kansas City, Mo. native where she graduated from Lee’s Summit North in 2010.

Now that she has graduated she plans to return to Kansas City and continue working in retail until August.

Thomas said her most rewarding experience during college was putting together the fashion department’s annual fashion show.

“This was a wonderful and exciting experience to have. To be apart of a group of students putting together a huge show where there were around 1,000 in attendance and where over $10,000 were raised from a zero lined budget,” Thomas said.

“I have always had a ‘passion for fashion’; viewing it as an art and a form of self expression. My grandmother was really big into fashion so I kind of followed in her footsteps,” Thomas said.

Thomas plans to relocate soon. Her ideal job is to have a visual merchandising position in Dallas where she would have full creative freedom.


Ryan Johnson. Photo credit: Briana Simmons/ The Black Bear

Ryan Johnson. Photo credit: Briana Simmons/ The Black Bear

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson graduated Missouri State with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media and Digital Film. She is from Kansas City, Mo. where she graduated high school in May 2010.

Johnson’s dream job is to become her own boss in the entertainment and film industry. She plans to enhance her skills while gaining more experiences through networking in her field.

Johnson most rewarding college experience was meeting lifetime friends.

She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. While attending Missouri State, she was also involved in the Association of Black Collegians and the Multicultural Student Recruitment Team (now known as U.N.I.T.E).

“I learned how to be a great follower in these organizations. Watching the leaders at that time was refreshing. I watched how they had an impact on the students and campus and I told myself I wanted to be a positive influence like these leaders I had looked up to. They taught me how to be a good follower so I could be a good leader,” Johnson said.


2014 MSU graduates

2014 MSU graduates

Words of Wisdom From The Graduates

My advice to spring graduates would be don’t think you have to know everything. You don’t have to have your whole life planned out. If you are leaving school with a full time/entry level job, congratulations. But if you don’t, it’s not the end of the world. I think your twenties are a time where you are figuring out who you are and what you want to do. Live a little.” – Sarah Thomas

My advice to incoming freshman would be to get involved in as many organizations and activities as you can on campus, and do NOT max out all of your loans every semester to receive large refund checks; it isn’t worth it in the end! My advice to those graduating in the spring would be to continue learning! Whether it is through a graduate program or being employed somewhere, learning does not stop just because you graduate!” – Kimberly Lam

To the incoming freshman: Although you are at MoState to better your education, make sure you better yourself. College will be a huge journey to find out who you want to be post-college. No one is in control of your life but you. If you prosper, it’s because you want to prosper. If you fail, it is because you didn’t want to put in that work, which you will eventually put in later on in life. Also, don’t give up. There are people out here that’s waiting on you to fail. Know the world is in your hands. You have the power to make a lot of decisions. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad or regretful. At the same time, educate yourself, spread love and stay positive. Good luck with your college experience loves.” – Ryan Johnson

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