Until the Lights Came On.

“Mizzou was on spring break so I decided to go home for the week. To my excitement 1 of my good friends was coming to visit me for a few day and 2 more of my good friends would be coming through Springfield on their way home from a hiking adventure in Arkansas. So a few of my friends from school and I made a plan to show them around downtown.

We took them to Grad School for dinner then made our way over to Hurts Donuts to get a little taste of some of my favorite foods downtown. It was a beautiful night so we walked around downtown until the lights came on. The perfect opportunity to take a photo!”

Life Was Just Happening.

This is my second year living in Springfield as a Missouri State University student, and each day I find another reason to love it. This photo was taken at my 1st First Friday Art Walk downtown. I cannot quite describe the feeling this experience brought me. The square, where this shot was taken, was absolutely electric with energy. At the Art Walk, I experienced culture and community in a way I had yet to in Springfield.

To me, Springfield is the perfect combination of city culture and small town feel; discovery and familiarity; anonymity and community. I feel completely at home, yet full of wonder at the infinite possibilities of exploration and discovery in this city. I cannot wait to discover more and more of the people and places that make Springfield the unique, awesome place that it is.

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Sitting Near the Fountain.

I met my roommate Madison a year ago when we lived together at Missouri State, and we’ve been best friends ever since! We spend lots of time downtown and decided to take advantage of the gorgeous day by sitting near the fountain. The sun blanketed over the square, so we were able to catch some rays while talking about everything. I’m so lucky for the memories I’ve made in this city and luckier still to have Madison as a friend!

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