Rachel Cressler is a freshman hailing from Middletown, Delaware. She is a health science major with an emphasis in rehabilitation sciences. Rachel hopes to achieve her master’s degree in athletic training, as well as her doctorate in physical therapy to begin a career working for a professional sports team.

One thing that Rachel considers to be the best part of her major is the diversity. “I love the numerous career pathways that health sciences opens the door for,” Rachel says. “Students declared in this major range from studying medical sales, to preparing to apply to graduate clinical programs. I love the world of health sciences and the infinite opportunities the degree provides.”

In addition to serving as a School of Health Professions student ambassador, Rachel enjoys scuba diving, traveling and sports. Additionally, Rachel is involved in Pi Beta Phi, Mizzou Diamond Crew, and is a group fitness instructor at the Mizzou Rec Center.

What is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus would be the Rec Center because it has so many things to do, and it’s a place I can escape the stress of school.

What has been your favorite Mizzou moment?

My favorite Mizzou moment was when I joined a sorority. By joining the sorority I met so many lifelong friends and they have made the college transition that much easier.

When did you know Mizzou was “the one”?

I knew Mizzou was “the one” when I visited the campus and had my tour. After setting foot on campus I just had such a special feeling, and I knew Mizzou would be my future home.

What has been your favorite class so far?

My favorite class so far has been  ”Health Science 1000” because of the lecture style. Each class had a different health professional who came in and presented on their career and what it entails. I found it fascinating to learn more about each profession in a greater depth, and I even learned about a few professions I didn’t know existed!

What’s your favorite free-time activity?

My favorite free-time activity would be working out at the Rec.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I am very passionate about helping others, so what better than to help others as my career!?

What’s your favorite place to eat in CoMo?

My favorite place to eat in CoMo has to be Ingredient.

Why should students choose Mizzou?

Students should choose Mizzou because even though I am from a state that is 15 hours away, I have never felt more at home. Mizzou has provided me a home away from home, and I have already met so many incredible people just in my first semester here. Excited is an understatement for what’s to come.

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  • Department: Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Department: Health Psychology
  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Department: Occupational Therapy
  • Department: Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Therapy Program
  • Department: Public Health
  • Bachelor of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Department: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science
  • UMKC Pharmacy @ Mizzou
  • Office of Student Services
  • Career Services
  • MU Adult Day Connection