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HES Ambassadors - Peer Advisors

The HES Ambassadors serve as peer advisors who can assist students who want to get involved in the College of Human Environmental Sciences; help navigate myZou; offer a student perspective about HES programs; explain general education and other degree requirements; and connect students with other campus resources. HES Ambassadors also are a resource for incoming freshman or transfer students interested in learning more about the programs within the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

E-mail with questions or to schedule an appointment with a peer advisor.

Amabassadors in front of Gwynn HallBack Left to Right: Becki Ernst (NEP), Rachel Grayson (TAM), Brandon Easley (PFP) Front Left to Right: Ainsley Jones (ARCHST), Rachel Guse (HDFS), Lena Howard (TAM)

Ainsley Jones Ainsley Jones @HESARCHAmb

Major and Year: Architectural Studies, Interior Design, Junior
Best part about MU:: I love that Mizzou is very tradition-oriented. Anywhere you go on campus, there is bound to be a tradition associated with that place. My favorite tradition has to be riding the tiger or rubbing David R. Francis' nose!
Best part about HES: I really enjoy how close knit and friendly the different departments from the College of HES are. There has never been a time where I haven't felt welcomed by someone in the college!
Plans after graduation:: I would like to become an interior designer for commercial spaces like hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Rachel GuseRachel Gusé @HESHDFSAmb

Major and Year: Human Development and Family Science, Child Life Specialist, Junior
Best part about MU:: My favorite part about Mizzou is attending the sporting events. I love to watch sports with my family and friends. It is so much fun to cheer on our Missouri Tigers!
Best part about HES: You have the opportunity to get to know your professors personally. You also have many of your classes with the same people, so it is easy to get to know others and to make friends.
Plans after graduation: My goal after graduation is to work in a children’s hospital as a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Becki ErnstBecki Ernst @HESNEPAmb

Major and Year: Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Human Physiology and Translational Science, Junior
Best part about MU: My favorite part about Mizzou is its rich history and traditions. These parts of campus not only create lasting memories but help connect us to our peers and alumni, helping foster a sense of belonging and school pride.
Best part about HES: My favorite part about being a student in HES has been the connections I have made and the one-on-one interactions I have been able to have. Being a part of a smaller college on a big university has been such a positive experience and allowed me to be a successful student.
Plans after graduation: I was selected as a Bryant Scholar, which is a pre-acceptance program to Mizzou’s medical school. I hope to continue my education and eventually work as a primary care physician in the state of Missouri.

Brandon EasleyBrandon Easley @HESPFPAmb

Major and Year: Personal Financial Planning CFP® Program, Senior
Best part about MU: What I like the most about Mizzou is all the opportunities that you have here to take advantage of while here at Mizzou. The staff across campus are really nice, and all the professors I have had are willing to help you out.
Best part about HES: I love that we are a smaller college on campus, because it feels more personal. You can get to know the people in your classes or in the Financial Planning Association student organization. Even in our small collage, there are the same kind of opportunities for students to take advantage of as there are in larger colleges.
Plans after graduation: I would like to work for a company that values its clients and has its clients’ best interest at heart.

Rachel GraysonRachel Grayson @HESTAMAmb

Major and Year: Textile and Apparel Management, Apparel Marketing and Merchandising, Senior
Best part about MU: I love Mizzou’s traditions. Football season is one of my favorite times of the year, especially the Homecoming game. Also, with such a diverse amount of people attending our University, it’s remarkable how many organizations and student groups exist to accommodate the interests of everyone.
Best part about HES: My department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) feels like family. Mizzou is my home, but TAM is like my family. My peers, professors, and advisor create a welcoming environment. The atmosphere in the classrooms fosters important conversations about consumer behaviors, sustainability issues, etc. I appreciate how each department, not only TAM, respects one another to initiate those crucial conversations in the classroom.
Plans after graduation: When I graduate in the spring of 2019, I hope to earn a position as an Assistant Buyer with an athletic or outdoors apparel company.

Lena HowardLena Howard @HESTAMAmb

Major and Year: Textile and Apparel Management, Marketing and Merchandising, Senior
Best part about MU: What I love most about Mizzou are the options. There are endless amount of opportunities to meet new friends, network with professionals, and be successful overall.
Best part about HES: When it comes to HES, I love the size and dedication to student success. The college is relatively small, and your department is even smaller, which allows great opportunity to get close with your professors and meet new friends. Each faculty and staff member in HES wants to see you succeed, and it makes you feel good and hopeful.
Plans after graduation: After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in either Social Media Marketing, Visual Merchandising, or Personal Styling. My goal is to move to New York and have a job that I will enjoy.

Every spring the Ambassadors host high school seniors who have been admitted into the College of Human Environmental Sciences at an event called "A Day in the Life." The purpose of this event is to show students what campus life is really like, so that they can make an informed decision about attending Mizzou the next fall. During the two-day event, these prospective students will visit Columbia, hear from a student panel, as well as participate in social and recreational activities. They will discover:

  • the undergraduate experience at Mizzou and in HES
  • HES’s quality faculty
  • classes within their chosen major
  • the social culture of the Mizzou Campus
  • the avenues for involvement
  • leadership and mentoring
  • a support system away from home
  • the importance of residence hall experiences


To register for Day in the Life 2019 on April 7-8, e-mail Alex Embree at

Registration for Day in the Life 2020 will open in Fall 2019.