Jeremiah Heckman is a freshman majoring in Health Science with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Science and a minor in Psychology. He is from Jefferson City, Missouri. Jeremiah hopes to get his undergraduate degree in three years then pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Jeremiah’s advice to new students coming to Mizzou would be to not simply go to class but get involved in class.

“Students can really get engaged in the class by asking questions, getting to know their teacher, and actually paying attention in class by taking notes,” he says. “Another piece of advice I’d offer students is to get involved as fast as you can and don’t be complacent.”

Jeremiah is in Theta Chi Fraternity and serves as a proctor at study hours, the head athletic liaison, and is involved in the Standards Committee. Jeremiah also is a standardized patient for future physical therapists getting ready to graduate. Jeremiah also has been involved in service within his fraternity.

What made you choose Mizzou?

I chose Mizzou because it is close enough to home that I can go visit my family whenever I want to. I also grew up loving Mizzou sports, not to mention that both of my older sisters attended Mizzou.

What made you apply to be an SHP Student Ambassador?

I wanted to get to know people who would be working in the same field myself, as well as learn how to work with a team to reach a common goal, seeing as how health care is a team sport, so to speak.

What made you want to pursue a career in healthcare?

My older sister got me interested in health science when she was an undergrad at Mizzou. Additionally, I enjoy watching people progress through rough times in their life.

How did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I have had lots of experience with physical therapy as a kid. As time progressed, I started shadowing physical therapists and fell in love with the field.

If you could re-live one Mizzou sports memory, what would it be and why?

The football team beating Texas A&M to go to the SEC championship would be a great memory to relive. I choose this memory because we were a relatively new team in the conference and to accomplish something like that is remarkable. 

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