Blazing A Unique Trail
Following his sophomore year at the University of Missouri, now-senior Anthony Greer decided he wasn’t fulfilling his potential as solely an information technology major. In fact, he didn’t see a direct fit with any one program.
Greer chose to instead pursue a more individualized path that would better fit his range of interests and aspirations. He found this within the Interdisciplinary Studies degree, selecting an emphasis in IT, communications and sociology.
“It allows you to choose three different components you can take courses in,” Greer said. “I think it’s really setting you up to have an advanced degree. That’s what I was looking for.”
Excited about the media-related classes offered by the College Engineering, noting Intro to Entertainment Media and Audio/Video 1 as favorites, Greer knew he didn’t want to abandon IT all together. However, he became drawn to sociology and communications.
“As engineers, it is important to be able to be socially competent to look at problems from different perspectives, communicate with others both in the field and consumers,” Greer said. “And [also], design something with more than just the goal of personal gain, but to make the world a better place.”
Greer’s IT-related work began prior to his college career. He served as assistant technology coordinator at his high school and an audio engineer for his church.
Since arriving at MU, he has remained heavily involved. Much like Greer’s multi-disciplinary course load, his extra-cirriculars stretch far beyond a single interest. He’s the telecommunications chair for the National Society of Black Engineers, works as a videographer for Mizzou Black Women Rock, is the chief engineer at KCOU FM and president of campus ministry, the Impact Movement.
In the summer of 2017, Greer also started his own small business, a photography, video and graphic design firm called Classic Synergy Media. Among the company’s growing list of clientele are McNair Scholars Program, Bronzeville Scholastic Institute and National Society of Black Engineers, among others.
“It’s still fairly new, and it’s really about working on my skills, getting out there and being able to provide services for students at a low cost,” he said.
Greer’s involvement in different organizations across campus, his recent startup and degree in interdisciplinary studies are all factors in his ultimate objective: To be a well-rounded employee.
“I believe that having an advanced degree like Interdisciplinary Studies helps prepare me to deal with the complexity of working with 21st Century society,” Greer said. “It provides people I come into contact with a sense of certainty that I have capacity to see our ever-changing world in various lights.”