So much of our June issue is about identity and purpose. Missouri cartoonists use their own experiences to create diverse comics. LGBTQ+ people in Columbia use clothing to express their identities. Two local chocolatiers find purpose in fighting human trafficking. An MU researcher has found a way to combat hunger while eliminating an invasive species. Everywhere we look, people are using their talents for good.
I’m now a college graduate. I’ve learned so much about myself over the past four years, but I’m still figuring out how to use my identity for a greater purpose. I think that’s a question I’ll be trying to answer my entire life, and I think the answer will change as I do.
From contributor to digital editor to City Life editor to editor in chief, I have loved every minute I’ve spent at Vox. The people who create this magazine are dedicated, funny, smart and compassionate. Working here helped me get to know Columbia and its people in a way I don’t think I would have otherwise. Columbia is so much more than the University of Missouri. It’s the MKT and Katy trails. It’s Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and the big bur oak. It’s Taquería don Pancho and Mugs Up Drive-In. It’s True/False Film Fest and Roots ’n’ Blues. Vox gave me an appreciation for this community and everything it has to offer.
People like to crack jokes about flyover country and “misery,” but I’m going to miss this place and everything it has meant to me. From warm nights at Logboat Brewing Co. to early mornings at Lakota, the memories I’ve made in this town will always hold a special place in my heart. So thank you for reading, watching and listening to the things this team has been fortunate enough to create. I hope you’ve loved experiencing them as much as we’ve loved creating them.
That’s all, folks!