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Jaeden Johnsen


Jaeden Johnsen is a sophomore from Macon, Missouri, a small town north of Columbia. She is a health science major with a rehabilitation science emphasis. She plans to apply for admission into the Mizzou Respiratory Therapy Program this spring. Eventually, Jaeden would like to obtain a master’s degree to further her education.

“Respiratory therapy is a profession that is in high demand but is one that most people know very little about,” Jaeden says. “More people need to be educated on what an RT does. If you obtain this degree from Mizzou, you have a 100% job placement rate — it is a wonderful path to pursue.”

In addition to being a student ambassador, Jaeden is actively involved in campus organizations such as Sigma Eta Rho, the MU School of Health Professions’ professional fraternity. She also volunteers at Adult Day Connection, which provides a safe and healthy environment for older adults living in the Columbia community who require 24/7 care. Jaeden regularly serves meals and helps out during class exercises amongst other activities. Jaeden enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and playing with her dalmatian, Astro, in her free time. You can also find her running/working out at the gym.

What should make students choose Mizzou?

Mizzou offers so many great clubs and organizations — I feel like anyone could find their group of people here that makes them feel like they’re at home.

What made you apply to be an SHP Student Ambassador?

I applied to become a student ambassador as a means to raise awareness for respiratory therapy due to the fact that many people are not very knowledgeable about this area of health care.

How did you choose your major?

I learned about it through the Health Science 1000 course that I took as a freshman, which had presenters come in each week to talk about every detail of their career and what they majored in to get themselves to that point.

What is your favorite ice cream shop in CoMo?

Sparky’s- it’s one of the best in town!

If you could give one piece of advice to incoming freshmen, what would it be?

Go out and meet as many people as possible — it is so important to start networking and making connections as soon as possible.