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Jaclyn McMurtry


Jaclyn McMurtry is a junior from Columbia, Missouri. She is a health science major with an emphasis in rehabilitation science and a minor in nutrition. Jaclyn has the intent to go on to occupational therapy school. One day, she hopes to work with children in other countries by providing medical relief.

“My emphasis area has really helped me prepare for applying to occupational therapy school,” Jaclyn says. “This emphasis area requires a lot of the same classes that are also required for graduate school. Therefore, when taking these classes, it is like knocking out two birds with one stone!”

In addition to being a student ambassador, Jaclyn is also an Involvement Ambassador for Mizzou and is apart of on-campus organizations such as Veritas. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys going to Bubblecup Tea Zone to grab a milk tea with extra boba or spending time with her five siblings.


What made you choose Mizzou?

I chose Mizzou because it has been my dream school ever since I was little. I grew up in the Mizzou atmosphere by being a townie. The school pride and all the opportunities Mizzou offers made it an easy choice for me. Additionally, I chose Mizzou because they have an occupational therapy program, which I hope to attend.

What made you want to pursue a career in healthcare?

Through various experiences, I have seen firsthand the lack of health care in other countries. Being in America, we are fortunate with the healthcare system we have today. I wanted to pursue a career in health care because I want to use my knowledge and skills and help people in other countries receive the medical help they need.

What has been your favorite Mizzou memory?

Running through the columns!

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

I would have dinner with any Mizzou alum who partook in a government office or public service roles such as governors or senators. I would choose them so I could raddle their brains about politics and learn about their views.

Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

Ellis Library’s first-floor quiet area!