Rachel Cressler is a sophomore 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.

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 allowed me to meet so many incredible people along the way.

What made you apply to be an SHP Student Ambassador?

I applied to be a SHP Student Ambassador because I’m very passionate about my career as well as the university. I knew it would be an amazing opportunity to share my passion with others and to display how awesome Mizzou SHP is!

What made you want to pursue a career in healthcare?

I wanted to pursue a career in health care because I love the aspect of the job where we get to help others and truly make a difference in someone’s life. Throughout high school, I realized the health care field was the only career path that really struck an interest for me. After participating in some job shadowing, I truly knew this field was the perfect choice!

What is your favorite coffee shop in CoMo?

My favorite coffee shop is Lakota.

If you could give one piece of advice to incoming freshmen, what would it be?

If I could give one piece of advice to incoming freshmen, I would tell them to jump outside of their comfort zones. This is a great way to stumble upon opportunities you may not have known existed, or even stumble upon a new best friend that they otherwise would not have met.

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