Jared is an athletic training student from El Paso, Illinois. Upon receiving his degree, he plans to attend graduate school and pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

“One thing I would tell incoming freshman is don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone,” Jared says. “It was hard for me to do this and it hindered me from opportunities. Don’t be afraid to go to office hours, ask questions in class, and join organizations to meet new people. The staff at Mizzou is incredible and they are there to help you! They want to see you succeed!”

Along with serving on the SHP Student Ambassador Leadership Team, Jared also is involved with the School of Health Profession’s fraternity, Sigma Eta Rho, Caring for Columbia service event, and volunteering at athletic events through the athletic training program.

How did you choose your major?

I chose athletic training because I love sports. I knew I wanted to do health care while also being involved in sports. I was injured in high school as an athlete and got to know my athletic trainer. By working closely with him throughout my healing process and getting more information on this career choice, I knew it was the perfect choice for me.

What residence hall did you live in? Were you in a FIG (Freshman Interest Group)?

I lived in Hawthorn Hall during my freshman year. I was in a health professions FIG. I thought it was a great thing to do. I made a lot of friends and always had someone I knew in all of my classes. I would definitely recommend it.

What’s your favorite Mizzou club/organization?

Honestly, my favorite organization that I am a part of is the SHP student ambassador team. I love meeting new people and helping others on their path to choosing a college best fit for them. I remember being in their place, and it is a  rewarding experience to help them on that journey.

Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

Ellis Library, because it is always quiet and doesn’t have any distractions.

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

Brad Pitt, obviously! Who wouldn’t want to have dinner with Brad Pitt? He is a proud Missourian and one of the most famous people in the world-I’m sure he would have all kinds of stories to share at the dinner table.