Avery Utterson

, University of Missouri School of Health Professions Student Ambassador

Avery Utterson is from Denver. She is a Health Science major with an emphasis in health and wellness and looking to pursue a career in occupational therapy. She hopes to ultimately work with kids with disabilities.

Avery’s biggest piece of advice would be to get involved on campus.

“There are so many different clubs and organizations to be a part of,” she says. “Getting involved on campus has helped me meet so many people and has given me some of my closest friends.”

In addition to being a student ambassador, Avery is also involved in the adaptive swim program, the Pre-OT student organization and volunteers with children with disabilities in the community. She is also a part of Greek life and attends Veritas, a college ministry.

What made you choose Mizzou?

I chose Mizzou because I knew I wanted to go out of state and loved it when I came to tour. I thought the campus was so pretty and loved the town of Columbia. Also, because of the OT school here.

What should make students choose Mizzou?

I would encourage everyone to come to Mizzou! It is so pretty and there are so many different ways to get involved. I have made so many memories here and met some amazing people.

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

I would tell all incoming freshmen to get involved and not be afraid to try new things. Getting involved on campus has been how I have met all my best friends and makes such a large school feel smaller.

Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

My favorite place to study on campus is the student center. I love the sunlight that comes in the big windows and there are so many tables. My friends and I are always there doing homework or just hanging out!

What is your favorite ice cream/coffee shop in CoMo?

My favorite coffee shop is Toasty Goat. It has so many tables and plants and fun paintings and is a great place to work on homework or just catch up with a friend.