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Meet the Health Science Peer Mentors



Aug. 25, 2022

The Department of Health Sciences offers a mentorship program that pairs freshman or transfer students with an upper-level Health Professions student. These mentors will help guide new students through their first year with the department, help connect them to resources and help them get involved.

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Meet the mentors

Rachael Bierschenk

Hometown: St. Louis, MO/Steamboat, CO
Interest Area: Occupational Therapy
Involvement at MU: Transfer Experience and Advising Mentors (TEAM)
Favorite Course: Human Anatomy

“As a transfer student from Colorado State, I chose to be a peer mentor because I personally know someof the challenges college can bring, making the transition overwhelming at times. I want to be a reliable resource to help ease the transition and ensure my mentee never feels alone as they are beginning this new journey.“

Addison Eagle

Hometown: Columbia, MO
Interest Area: My emphasis in Health Sciences is Pre-Professional, with this I hope to either attend The University of Missouri School of Medicine and pursue an MD to work in Emergency Medicine or attend PA school at UMKC to work as a Physician’s Assistant. 
Involvement at MU: I am a part of the Mo Alpha chapter, Pi Beta Phi, I Volunteer with CARS, part of my sororities philanthropy and go to Elementary Schools around Columbia to help children learn how to read!
Favorite Course: Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory (Bio 1500)

“I decided to be a peer mentor because change is very scary, I hope to help new and transfer students become more comfortable and confident at Mizzou.”

Cassie Eddy

Hometown: Slater, MO
Interest Area: Pre-Medicine; Plans to become a rural family physician
Involvement at MU: Neuro Science and Plant Research lab, Pre-Med Society, Greek Life, Women in STEM
Favorite Course: Floral Design

“I decided to be a peer mentor because I have come to love Mizzou and all of the opportunities it offers. I have really enjoyed the ability to share that with others. My favorite part of Mizzou is the welcoming community, and I think it has been really cool to help build that for incoming students.

Meghan Kintner

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Interest Area: Pre-Professional, Anesthesiologist
Involvement at MU: Greek Life, Fighting Pretty Mizzou, MAB, Deaton Scholars, Pre-Med Society, MU Health Care and Red Cross volunteer
Favorite Course: Public Health

“I joined peer mentors to provide others with an amazing, seamless transition to Mizzou so they have a chance to love it here as much as I do!”

Vasilika Opari

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Interest Area: Pre-Professional, Anesthesiologist
Involvement at MU: Greek Life, Mizzou Pre-PA Association, Sigma Eta Rho Health Science FraternitySociety, MU Health Care and Red Cross volunteer
Favorite Course: Intimate Relationships & Marriage

“I decided to be a peer mentor because of my own experience I had with the program. My mentor made me feel confident in the path I’m taking towards my future career and helped me get settled into Mizzou. I want incoming and transfer students to also feel confident in themselves and love Mizzou just as much as I do.”

Lauren Parker

Transfer student from the University of Iowa
Hometown: Glen Carbon, IL
Interest Area: Leadership and Policy; Plans to pursue a Master of Health Administration
Involvement at MU: Greek Life
Favorite Course: Health Care in the United States

“I decided to be a mentor because I wanted to help fellow Health Science students find their perfect place within SHP and the Health Science community!”

Kennedy Reeder

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Interest Area: Rehabilitation Science; Plans to become a sports chiropractor and open her own clinic
Involvement at MU: Minority in Sports President, SHP Student Ambassador, Financial Aid Peer Advisor
Favorite Course: Health Care in the United States

“I wanted to be a peer mentor because I know how challenging college can be, so being able to give tips and pointers on the best ways to be successful will be useful to incoming freshman and transfer students in order to make them more comfortable. The DHS Peer Mentor Program provides me with the opportunity to positively influence lives and help students adjust to college while also strengthening my leadership development skills.”

Erin Sullivan

Hometown: Glenview, IL
Interest Area: Health and Wellness; Plans to become an occupational therapist
Involvement at MU: Greek Life, Mizzou Honors College, Stu-Mo
Favorite Course: Abnormal Psychology

“I wanted to be a peer mentor so I could help new students academically, socially and emotionally.”