Hometown:

New Haven, MO

Major:

Communication Science and Disorders

alysiaWhy did you choose your major?
I came to MU to be a pharmacy student, but I found that didn’t give me the interaction I wanted. I wanted to be directly involved with a patient. I can’t imagine speaking my entire life and have that taken away from me or never having that. To have that taken away would be devastating, so I want to be able to prevent that or help patients recover.

Why did you choose the Mizzou program?
I love the opportunities the program has with the language preschool and Accent Modification Program (AMP), and the Mizzou Speech and Hearing Clinic all here in Lewis and Clark Hall. It’s also a very team-oriented program with so much collaboration. That is very important since we use that every day in the profession. The faculty is very helpful. The students all want to see each other’s success and I feel like you don’t find that everywhere.

What has been your favorite class?
I really liked Normal Language Development. That was a great class. I think it was so hands-on. We got to develop our own research project and write a research paper. It was very applicable to what we will be doing and was our first chance to experience that.

What has been the most challenging aspect of college?
Balancing everything. When you’re in so many classes, while they directly relate to each other, they have their work, too. So balancing that with life can be challenging.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Shadow to make sure this is what you want to do. You don’t want to waste time. You have to find your passion. Take school seriously from the very beginning and take advantage of the resources and opportunities the school provides. They are so helpful.