Kennedi Keyes is a junior hailing from Chicago, Ill. She is a communication science and disorders major with a minor in human development and family science. Kennedi has high hopes of achieving her master’s degree in communication science and disorders to begin a career working in the speech department at a children’s hospital in a major city.

One thing Kennedi would tell incoming students is “Be patient and give yourself time to figure YOU out. Many students come into college with the mindset that they have to have everything together and all figured out, but if I have learned anything from my college experience so far, it would be to do whatever it is that motivates you and everything will fall into place in time.”

In addition to serving a School of Health Professions student ambassador, Kennedi also works as a research assistant for Dr. Teresa Lever’s mastication and swallowing labs, as well as a member of MU’s National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA), the African student Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

What has been your favorite class so far?

Health Science 1000. This course was a HUGE help in deciding what I wanted my emphasis area to be. By the end of the course, I had not only learned more about my strengths and weaknesses but I also knew what I wanted my emphasis area to be.

What’s your favorite free-time activity?

I like finding new DIY projects, outfit ideas and most importantly, new food recipes to try from Pinterest.  

Why should students choose Mizzou?

Not only have I made some great and memorable friends, but my professors have also made me feel at home and more than just a number in classroom full of students, which can’t be said for all large schools.

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