My name is Melissa. I am a 22 year old college senior at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. I will graduate in December with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, I plan to work at my current job (Pier 1 Imports) for a while and then relocate. We are looking to move back around our hometown-but that just depends on whether or not Ricky gets transferred there. Ricky is my fiance'. We currently live in a house here in Joplin with our 9 month old Yorkie baby, Chandler. I have been writing at Open Diary for about 3 years but the atmosphere there is not the best so I decided it was time for a change. It helps that my cousin has been at LJ for 3 years and one of my all time favs from OD recently made the switch to LJ. I am hoping to make some new friends and meet people with similar interests here!