Rocking the Rollamo

As a child, geology and geophysics senior Tegan Brand would often make the trek through the rolling Ozark hills to visit the banks of the Meramec River as it flowed through her grandparents’ farm in Steelville, Mo.

20160427_tegan_brand_0037“This stark contrast of wilderness to my otherwise suburban life was what encouraged my love for the natural sciences,” says Brand, who grew up in Watauga, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth.

As a third-generation Miner, Brand was very familiar with the Missouri S&T campus and its graduates. When she discovered it was also one of the few schools that offered degrees in geology and geophysics, the choice was “a no-brainer.”

“I love being surrounded by peers who share my same interest in science,” she says. “The atmosphere of Missouri S&T stands out above all others. I can’t walk through campus without seeing my friends, and most likely they’re in one of my classes. It makes studying and doing homework really easy to stay on top of.”

Combining academics with extracurricular activities comes naturally to Brand, who expresses her more artistic side through her role as editor-in-chief of the Rollamo yearbook and a disc jockey at KMNR free format college radio. She also is a financial aid peer counselor, plays intramurals and is part of the C.L. Dake Geological Honor Society and the General Delegation of Independents.

“Missouri S&T isn’t just about the classes you take and the education, but it’s about the people you meet while doing so,” she says. “Instead of being the one smart kid in class, you’re surrounded by peers who are just as smart as you are. The students here have the potential to do great things in the real world, and the life-long connections made while in school are priceless.”

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