Ellie Swan

, University of Missouri School of Health Professions Student Ambassador

Ellie Swan is a Health Science major with an emphasis in pre-professional medicine. She is from Springfield, Missouri and is planning to go to medical school after graduation.

Ellie’s advice to new students is to not get overwhelmed with changes and instead, embrace them.

“There are so many emotional landmarks that happen during your time in college,” she says. “Don’t run away from the changes but follow the changes down the path the universe guides you. Be brave in finding passions through clubs or other organizations and try to meet as many people as you can. Four years pass faster than you think, so make every day count by doing things you love.”

In addition to serving on the School of Health Professions Student Ambassador Leadership Team, Ellie is a member of Chi Omega Sorority, and she works at the Bond Life Sciences Center, participating in cell metabolism research. She has also served on the Blood Drive Committees for the Homecoming and Greek Week blood drives. You can usually find Ellie at the Mizzou Rec powerlifting in her free time or drinking coffee with friends.

How did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I have always felt a calling in my life to be a physician. I really enjoy chemistry, but I think the health science route allows for a more well-rounded education.

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

I would advise freshmen to not allow themselves to stress about things too much. I think there are so many emotions associated with the change of moving away to college. It is easy to become overwhelmed, but you must trust the process.

What has been your favorite Mizzou memory?

My favorite Mizzou memory is freshman year Homecoming. There is so much spirit during Homecoming and so many different ways to get involved and have fun.

Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

My favorite place to study on campus is the Student Center. There are quiet places and busy places depending on your mood for the study session, and there are plenty of food options if you need a study snack.

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

My favorite coffee shop in Columbia is Three Story Coffee. I love to go there, grab a coffee with a friend, and study. It’s a great study atmosphere and has great coffee and tea. If you like to study outside, they even have a nice roof patio to study at.