LaMont Russell, Southeast Missouri State (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

LaMont Russell

What schools did you consider for after Hesston? Or did you always know you were going to SEMO?

SEMO was the first college to offer me a scholarship as I entered my sophomore year at Hesston.

In what ways did Hesston prepare you well for transfer?

Hesston College created a spiritual foundation for me.

What were you favorite parts of your Hesston experience?

Hesston College mandated daily conversations and relationships because of its small size.

What were your favorite parts of your SEMO experience?

I loved the basketball aspect at SEMO – competing at a high level, the traveling and playing in front of large crowds. The art program was also excellent, and, in many ways, prepared me for the position I have today.

Are you glad you went Hesston and went State? Why?

I am glad I started at Hesston. I gained independence and grew spiritually, athletically and academically. Going to SEMO allowed those areas to develop further.

What was your major?

General studies with a minor in graphic design.

What did you do after finishing your bachelor’s degree?

I played basketball professionally in Switzerland. Now I am the graphic designer on the Marketing and Communications team at Hesston College while also working on graduate classes at Wichita (Kan.) State University and serving as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team.

What would you tell high school students considering starting at Hesston and transferring to SEMO or any state school?

After two years at Hesston, you will still have the opportunity to go to a state school, but you will go smarter and with more maturity and confidence.