Ainsley O’Donnell is a junior from Belleville, Ill. She is a health science major with an emphasis in leadership and policy. She also has minors in business and psychology. After graduation, Ainsley hopes to pursue a career in medical sales focusing on devices aiding in diabetes management.

In addition to serving as a School of Health Professions student ambassador, Ainsley is involved in the health sciences service fraternity, Sigma Eta Rho. She also has held many positions within her sorority, Kappa Delta, currently serving as merchandise chair.

“The School of Health Professions has provided me with skills and opportunities that I could not have gotten anywhere else,” she says. “Mizzou is such a great place to find yourself, and my advice to incoming students is to find courses and people along the way that will challenge you! From personal experience, my major has changed me for the better.”

What is your favorite place on campus?

I love Memorial Union! It is my favorite meeting place to study, and the Starbucks fuels my coffee addiction—and drains my bank account.

What’s been your favorite Mizzou moment?

My first Homecoming. It’s one of those traditions that feels like a holiday to both new students and alumni alike, and the week-long event really made me happy to have chosen Mizzou.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose health science because of how diverse the degree is and because of how many professions it encompasses. I decided on medical sales after I discovered I have Type 1 Diabetes in January of 2016. It really made me want to help people like me, and I’ve been loving my major more each day ever since.

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