Olivia Healzer is a junior transfer student who is from O’Fallon, Missouri. She is a health science major with an emphasis in health and wellness. She also is pursuing a minor in human development and family science. Olivia’s goal when she graduates is to get accepted into the University of Missouri’s Applied Behavioral Analysis master’s program.

One piece of advice Olivia would tell new students is to not be afraid to get involved.

“You will hear that so much, but you really don’t see the importance of it until you actually do it,” Olivia says. “Becoming involved in different organizations and volunteering at different places will open up so many doors of opportunities. Being a new transfer student myself, I was so intimidated by how big Mizzou really is. It wasn’t until I started participating in different organizations, and putting myself out there, that Mizzou started to feel like home to me.”

Olivia loves to serve. She is a student note taker through the Disability Center and has volunteered with the Adaptive Gymnastics program. She also is a mentee in the School of Health Professions Peer Mentor Program. She plans to become a mentor in the future.

What is your favorite place on campus?

I really enjoy the computer lab in the library. It is a great atmosphere to focus and get homework done. I always feel so accomplished after leaving the library because I am able to get so much done in there.

What has been your favorite Mizzou moment?  

My favorite Mizzou moment so far was my transfer Winter Welcome. I felt so welcomed and at home the moment I walked through the doors.

When did you know Mizzou was “the one”?

I knew Mizzou was “the one” when I saw they had a highly rated Applied Behavior Analysis Program. I was leaning towards Mizzou in the first place, but this was just the icing on the cake

What has been your favorite class so far?

My favorite class I’ve taken at Mizzou so far was Health Science 1000. It was a really interesting class because I was introduced to all sorts of health care related jobs that I did not know much about. I enjoyed listening to all the guest speakers come talk to us about what their job is, and how it helps to make the world go around. Also, I loved my professor, Traci Scardina!

What’s your favorite free-time activity?

My favorite free-time activity is to spend time with my boyfriend outdoors. When the weather is bad, I enjoy cuddling up with a comfy blanket and binge-watching Netflix.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because it will benefit me when applying for the Applied Behavior Analysis Program for my master’s degree.  I’ve always had a passion for helping people, and I think being a health science major fulfills that.

What’s your favorite place to eat in CoMo?

Even though this place isn’t your typical lunch or dinner spot, my favorite place to eat in Columbia is Yogoluv. It is a frozen yogurt place downtown, and it is the perfect place to get a dessert!

Why should students choose Mizzou?

Students should choose Mizzou because this school is more than just a classroom. It is a place to find yourself and a place to find your home.

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