Izabel is a senior in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program from Columbia, Missouri. Following graduation, Izabel plans to work in a clinical laboratory and pursue graduate school related to her laboratory experience.

“I want incoming freshmen to know that they should not feel rushed in their college career,” Izabel says. “Enjoy your classes, join clubs that you want to be a part of, and make plans that align with your schedule. Focus on your academics but keep yourself balanced with other activities as well.” 

Along with serving as a School of Health Professions student ambassador, Izabel also serves as the vice president of service for Sigma Eta Rho and works as a VALOR Medical Technologist at the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital on the Mizzou campus. 

What made you choose Mizzou?

I chose Mizzou because they offered a clinical laboratory science program near home when most other schools did not.

How did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I have always been fascinated with diseases and wanted to get to the root of an individual’s illness. Working in a medical laboratory will give me the opportunity to do just that.

What made you want to pursue a career in health care?

I choose to pursue a career in health care because the field is rapidly growing and continuously offering new opportunities. I want to take those opportunities and help others along the way.

How have you achieved academic success during your time as an undergraduate?

I have achieved academic success by keeping myself on a tight schedule. Time management is important to keep yourself on track in both your personal and academic life.

If you could have dinner with one famous Mizzou alum,  who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with Mort Walker, the creator and cartoonist for the Beetle Bailey comics. I find his style very interesting and would love to understand how he created his characters and found inspiration for his art.