Guide Bios

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Cayce W

Major: Health and Society
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Why did you apply to be an MSU Tour Guide?
MSU was my absolute dream school so when I got to campus I loved the idea of getting to show other students around!

What do you enjoy about being  an MSU Tour Guide?
Getting to talk to new people each time I work and constantly being reminded of what an awesome university I have the privilege of attending.

What are the benefits/perks of being an MSU Tour Guide?
A super relaxed and engaging work environment.

How does being an MSU Tour Guide support your academic goals?
I know more about all the resources we have on campus to support academics because I am a tour guide.

What is the purpose of the MSU Tour Guide program?
To welcome guests to campus and provide them with an authentic Spartan experience while they’re here.

What makes MSU Unique?
The community of Spartans. I can go anywhere (literally anywhere in the world) and run into fellow Spartans who you immediately have a connection with and can start talking to.

How does being  an MSU Tour Guide support your professional/career goals?
I have become so much more confident in myself and my public speaking skills since becoming a tour guide. It’s helped me learn how to ask questions and speak my opinion more.


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Courtney V

Major: Biomedical Laboratory Science
Hometown: Washington, MI

What do you enjoy about being an MSU Tour Guide?
I enjoy the people I work with! They truly some of the greatest people that you can find at MSU.

What are the benefits/perks of being an MSU Tour Guide?
Perks of being a tour guide is knowing the random facts of MSU and being able to win at MSU trivia. It really allows me to fully express my school spirit.

How does being an MSU Tour Guide support your professional/career goals?
Being a tour guide helps me gain communication and service skills that are essential for a career in the medical field.

Who does the MSU Tour Program serve?
The MSU tour program serves everyone and anyone!

What place or landmark do you enjoy sharing with your tours?
I love having the chance to show Spartan Stadium on my tours because the very first football game I went to made me realize that I belong at MSU.

What do you want those preparing to come on a tour to know about MSU and the tour program?
It will be a lot of information to take in, but enjoy your visit and take lots of pictures! (Future Spartans will thank their parents later for the forced pictures during their visit)


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Linda R

Major: Human Capitol and Society
Hometown: Pickford, MI

Why did you apply to be an MSU Tour Guide?
I wanted to be an MSU Tour Guide to share how much my life was impacted after coming to MSU. I wanted to welcome perspective Spartans to their new chapter of life and how they can rediscover themselves in college. I love meeting students and sharing my experiences as a college student. Coming to MSU has been the best decision I've ever made, and I'd love for the Spartan Community to grow!

What place or landmark do you enjoy sharing with your tours?
My favorite spot on tour is Beaumont Tower! MSU was my dream school and every time I hear the tower bells ring; I get a surreal feeling that I'm actually at MSU. No matter how I'm feeling, I always feel happier when I hear the tower's chimes. Also, I have a cool Beaumont experience, I got the opportunity to play the bells in the tower!

What makes MSU Unique?
Like at many universities, individual development is important. MSU embodies that and so much more! Here you are more than just yourself, you are part of a whole community. I think it is absolutely amazing how Spartan Nation is all over the world. Also, how the idea that 'Spartans Will' is represented in each one of us through education, athletics, and service is incredible to be a part of. I love how MSU's impact is both in your back yard and across the globe.

How does being an MSU Tour Guide support your academic goals?
A mission statement I have as an MSU student is, "Inspire Spartans to grow in community to strengthen lives through learning and service". I want to encourage everyone to find what they love so they can illustrations this mission. I work at implementing this goal regularly in hopes of motivating others to use their passions to influence those around them.

How does being  an MSU Tour Guide support your professional/career goals?
Being a Tour Guide has helped me develop interests in my major, Human Capitol and Society (social side of Human Resources), and minor, Youth and Society. My hope is to use the recruiting and talent development of HR with a youth audience. I want to be involved in higher education as a college recruiter or in admissions. As a Tour Guide I see how much I enjoy being an advocate for MSU to incoming students.


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Shannon L

Major: Animal Science
Hometown: Northville, MI

Why did you apply to be an MSU Tour Guide?
I wanted to become a tour guide because I wanted to share my unique Spartan Stories that has helped me grow both personally and professionally and turn me into the person I am today. I love welcoming families into Spartan Nation and showing my love for this university.

What do you enjoy about being  an MSU Tour Guide?
My favorite part about being a tour guide is making connections with students and families. I am always eager to link prospective student's passions with opportunities and resources MSU provides that will help them make MSU feel like home. I also love giving students advice because not too long ago I was in the same position deciding where to attend college.

How does being an MSU Tour Guide support your academic goals?
As a student, the tours program has allowed me to be good at time managing. Balancing my academic and work schedules facilitates my academic success at MSU. Additionally, learning about the resources MSU has including the writing center and  library resources to name a few has helped me point out helpful spots on campus I can go to when I am struggling in a course.

What is the purpose of the MSU Tour Guide program?
The purpose of the tours program is to unlock all the student stories with the tour guide. These unique, authentic experiences are information you cannot find on the MSU's website.  These are the memories we will cherish and remember for a lifetime that have made us into the Spartans we our today. Delivering an exciting and genuine tour will be able to give students a glimpse to what their life could be like at Michigan State. It is all about what MSU has to offer its students, not what students can offer MSU. Whether a prospective student is joining the Spartan family or not, finding a university you can call home is the goal.

What has been the biggest surprise regarding being an MSU Tour Guide?
The diversity of clubs on campus and opportunities to get involved. I swear every time I come to work, I learn about a different opportunity I never knew was on campus by talking with my coworkers. Every tour guide has their unique Spartan Story and I always enjoy hearing about how students leave their Spartan foot print on campus before they leave.

What makes MSU Unique?
The Spartan culture is something unique and distinctive to MSU. Every student that goes here follows the saying "Spartans help Spartans". Upon joining this university, you are not just a number, you are becoming a part of a larger community and support system for life. Professors, peers, mentors, and students want you to succeed and accomplish your dreams. The Spartan nation community extends everywhere. In fact, while I was traveling on a MSU study abroad program to Kenya, Africa, I was approached by an alum in the airport that shouted, "GO GREEN". Even though I was miles away from home and in a foreign country, I was so comforted by having someone in the community reach out and remind me a little piece from home.