Carolyn Russell is a freshman health science major from Chicago, Illinois. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a degree in either occupational therapy or speech, language and hearing sciences. Carolyn someday hopes to move somewhere warm and work with children at an elementary school.

Carolyn suggests incoming students get involved in campus life as much as possible.

“I have met some of my best friends from joining organizations on campus,” she says. “Step out of your comfort zone and try things you never have before. Mizzou offers so many amazing organizations that fit everyone’s hobbies and needs. Being from Chicago, I was worried about being so far from home, but getting involved has made Mizzou feel like my home away from home.”

In addition to serving on the School of Health Professions Student Ambassador Leadership Team, Carolyn is a member of the Love Your Melon Crew and the Adaptive Gymnastics program at Mizzou.  

What is your favorite place on campus? 

Vida Coffee 

What has been your favorite Mizzou moment? 

I loved going to the Mizzou Homecoming football game with my friends and family 

When did you know Mizzou was “the one”? 

After meeting with Cheri Ghan and Candace Jennings about the health science program, I knew that Mizzou was the right school because they sold the program.   

What has been your favorite class so far? 


What’s your favorite free-time activity? 

Getting coffee with my friends 

Why did you choose your major? 

I have always loved the health care field but I also wanted to work one-on-one with kids, so I looked into occupational therapy and speech pathology and absolutely loved them both.

What’s your favorite place to eat in CoMo? 

Flat Branch 

Why should students choose Mizzou? 

Mizzou is the perfect school because everyone is so welcoming. All the faculty and professors care about their students’ success.  I knew the second I stepped on campus that Mizzou was my new home.

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  • Bachelor of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
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  • PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science
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