Latavia Gibson

Hometown: Seward, PA

Service Branch: Active Army

Years of Service: 10 years

Duty Stations/deployments: Fort Bragg, NC; deployed to Afghanistan, Ansbach, Germany and Latvia, Poland.

Military honors: Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 campaign stars), NCO Professional Development Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal.

Major: BA in Social Work


Favorite campus tradition:Mizzou Homecoming! It brings everyone together, so many different people from different backgrounds. It’s really amazing to see how much pride we all share for Mizzou, if you’re considering becoming a Mizzou tiger, you definitely should experience it.

Advice you would give to other student veterans: Get involved and meet new people. It’s always nice to see a familiar face if you’re coming from out of state, but it’s even better when you can make a connection with those people as well. This campus can seem pretty overwhelming with how immense it is but after you make those connections it doesn’t seem as scary as it once was.

Favorite Columbia hangout: Fuzzy’s! They have amazing food for great prices. It was the first place I went with a small group of friends when I finally got a chance to go out.

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