Drury Spotlight: Cristina Todea
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Since Cristina Todea became a student at Drury, she has built long-lasting relationships within the community on campus. Even as a commuter student, she has made connections with everyone from her professors to fellow students.
Todea says, “With the smaller class sizes it is easy to get to know your professors and ask for help, which benefits you with your studies. They are also great mentors and can help you get an internship or help you further your career”
Todea just finished up her term as vice president of finance in the Student Government Association and is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Beta Beta, and the Commuters Student Association. Being involved on campus has helped her meet new people on campus.
“There are many networking opportunities. You can really get to know people,” Todea says. “Someone who is involved can say they know most of Drury’s campus, while that isn’t the case at bigger schools. At bigger schools you could be really involved and not know half the people.”
Learning About Yourself
Todea reflects, “Those who knew me before college would say that I have come out of my shell a little bit. I wasn’t as involved as I am now, which has do to with having more freedom in college. I’ve become more outspoken and gotten to know myself a lot more. People say your personality develops in high school, but I think the real growth takes place in college.”
One of Todea’s favorite aspects of college is the people she has met and grown close to during her years here. Having relationships with other students has eased her transition to college.
Todea can’t overestimate the amount of support she has received from people at Drury. “When I first came to campus I was blown away by how welcoming people were and willing to get to know you. The people are really what I have gotten to enjoy here.”