Wendy Cortes is a junior from Marshall, Missouri. She is a health science major with an emphasis in rehabilitation sciences. In addition, she is pursuing minors in psychology and leadership and public service. Wendy hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and work in an outpatient clinic. With a passion for community service Wendy hopes to one day also work for a nonprofit organization in whose cause she is truly passionate.

“I would tell a new student pursuing their education at Mizzou to get involved,” Wendy says. “Attending a university as big at Mizzou can be overwhelming and challenging for some students, but when you get involved Mizzou becomes a much smaller world.”

Wendy encourages students to get involved in organizations that not only carry out the same passions they hold but that also allow for growth.

“Organizations that allow them to enhance and grow skills as a student and a future professional are great!” Wendy says. “When you get involved, you not only gain friendships but you discover so much about yourself and find your true belonging. College is not just exams and essays, college is an investment for an unforgettable experience.” 

What is your favorite place on campus?

Traditions Plaza

What has been your favorite Mizzou moment?

Tiger Walk

When did you know Mizzou was “the one”?

The very first day I stepped foot on campus for my older sister’s college visit

What has been your favorite class so far?

PSYCH Mind, Brain, and Behavior class

What’s your favorite free-time activity?

Working out

Why did you choose your major?

I love to help people but knew dealing with blood was defiantly not what I wanted. I then discovered my passion for the gym and anatomy, and occupational therapy fit both of those!

What’s your favorite place to eat in CoMo?

Ingredient for sure!

Why should students choose Mizzou?

Mizzou has so much to offer and just about everything you can imagine, from classes to organizations you are bound to find something you love. Mizzou overall is the full package with the experience of a lifetime that allows you to get involved in research, classes you enjoy, Greek life, and various organizations that share the same passions you might have as well.

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  • 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
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  • MU Adult Day Connection