Virginia Kruse is a sophomore from Smithville, Missouri. She is majoring in health sciences and minoring in business with plans to pursue physical therapy and one day start her own practice. She loves science, learning new concepts, then seeing them executed in the real world. 

Virginia says the best thing about the School of Health Professions is the vast amount of resources and opportunities available to students.

“You are surrounded by helpful, knowledgeable mentors and advisors who will guide you and want to see you be successful,” she says. “The program also well equips you for a wide variety of careers and professional programs.” 

 In addition to serving as a Health Professions student ambassador, Virginia also is a member of the School of Health Professions professional fraternity, Sigma Eta Rho, the Veritas Music Team, Pre-PT club, and is involved in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. 

What should make students choose Mizzou?

I think all the professors are fabulous. The learning environment here is wonderful, not to mention that Columbia is a fun college town.

What made you want to pursue a career in health care?

I am fascinated by the incredible human body and want to study it extensively. I chose health care and not research because I personally want to be involved in people’s lives making a difference.

What has been your favorite class at Mizzou thus far?

Physiology — it was so fascinating to me!

How did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I felt that it would provide me with the best path to PT school.

If you could have dinner with one famous Mizzou alum, who would it be and why?

Sheryl Crow — she was in my sorority so I would love to hear her stories from back in the day!

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