Story by Nancy Moen | Photos by Shane Epping
How does a student combine study for a law degree with a journalism master’s degree and have a life? Ashton Botts has it figured out. The dual-degree student still finds time to sing roles in musical theater.
All the study, all the work, even the theater fun is preparation for her future. Botts thrives on packed schedules and says the only stage fright she experiences are sweaty palms and racing heartbeat in law class when a professor calls on her.
The artistic performances are decompression for her: “You’ll go crazy if you just study and do nothing else.”
Botts selected Mizzou for her professional preparation because the dual degree will give her an edge in her career — legal analysis for a news network.