Lizzy Klassen is from Elkhorn, Nebraska. She is a Health Science major with an emphasis in Health and Wellness. After graduation, she hopes to attend a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies program.
“When I toured Mizzou I could see myself studying in Ellis or hanging out in the student center. I was looking for a school that made me feel at home. Mizzou is the perfect distance from home where I can go back when I need to but also have the ability to start my own path,” she says. “I chose Health Sciences because of the wide range of classes that were required for the major. At Mizzou, I love all of the resources they have on campus to help me explore health care.”
Lizzy is a tech at the University Hospital where she assists the nurses with patient care. She is also on the events team for Tiger Garden, the student run flower shop. Additionally, she is involved in two health organizations, Sigma Eta Rho and Pre-PA club.
What made you pursue a career in healthcare?
I was diagnosed with type one diabetes when I was 22 months old. My entire life I have been in and out of hospitals and appointments. I truly experience the highs and lows of having a chronic disease. I am pursuing health care because I believe I have a unique empathy for patients who are also suffering from a chronic disability. In my future profession I want my patients to feel at ease knowing their clinician has gone through what they’re going through.
What is your best advice for incoming Mizzou CHS students?
Be you and get involved! The best part of college is all the opportunities that await. I would recommend finding three or four organizations your first semester and try them out. If they work, great, if not, move on. College is all about finding yourself and the best way to do that is to get involved!
What dorm did you live in your freshman year?
I lived in Galena Hall my freshman year! I had the best time meeting my floormates and was able to become roommates with them sophomore year.
What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
My favorite Mizzou memory was living in the dorms freshman year. Although we were in a tight space my entire floor became close. We would sit in the lounge for hours doing homework, watching TV, or just talking. These connections that I made have lasted me my entire college experience and beyond.