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Mizzou Made 2023: Noah Dotson, BHS

Dec. 5, 2023

Commencement is coming up on Friday, Dec. 15, and we’re highlighting some of the incredible students who will soon be alumni of the College of Health Sciences.

Today we meet Noah Dotson of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, who is completing his BHS in Health Science with a leadership and policy emphasis.

Noah Dotson
Noah Dotson

Noah Dotson

Major: Health Science with a leadership and policy emphasis
Hometown: Excelsior Springs, MO

Favorite Quote:

“When Plan A doesn’t work, don’t worry, you still have 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.”

What does graduating from the Mizzou College of Health Sciences mean to you?

Graduating from the Mizzou College of Health Sciences holds such a large significance for me. It symbolizes the culmination of a transformative educational journey that equipped me with the essential tools to excel in my prospective career. I am so grateful for my time here, and graduating from CHS will be the finish line of an incredible experience.

What was one of your favorite classes within your degree track?

One of the standout courses in my degree track was Clinical Ethics with Dr. Kristin Flynn Peters. This class not only provided valuable insights into ethical considerations as a whole but it also provided vital skills for operating ethically as a healthcare professional.

What activities have you been involved in along the way?

Throughout my college journey at one point or another, I participated in a range of organizations. These included the College of Health Science Ambassadors, College of Health Science Student Council, Mizzou Public Health Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta and Mizzou Venture Club. I have also held a part-time job at MU Health Care throughout as well, which I would recommend to any students looking for flexible jobs and who are interested in a career in health care. Working hands-on in a clinical setting provides the opportunity to grow in ways that you can’t within the classroom.

Who helped you during your college journey?

A great deal of acknowledgment goes to my parents, whose endless support served as a constant reminder of my capabilities and direction. 

My advisor, Jen Schaffer, also played a pivotal role in charting the path toward achieving my academic and career goals. Additionally, the unwavering dedication of every CHS professor — particularly Drs. Kristin Flynn Peters, Jenna Wintemberg and Botswana Blackburn — helped ensure a positive and enriching experience during my college journey. 

Finally, my internship supervisor, Nikki Carter, deserves recognition for taking a chance on me and allowing me the opportunity to spend a summer by her side, seeing and understanding healthcare from the administrative side and further reinforcing my desire to pursue this career. 

What memories stand out from your time at Mizzou?

Although I had more than I can describe, memorable moments for me include storming the field this year against Kansas State, the excitement among students when we returned to in-person classes post-COVID, and the vibrant celebrations during homecoming weekends, when alumni, community members and students came together to enjoy our beloved Mizzou.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I am set to enroll in the College of Health Sciences’ Master of Health Administration program. I can’t wait to stay home here in Columbia and have the chance to delve into and learn more about my passion. I also hope to secure an administrative fellowship at MU Health Care, with long-term goals of advancing into roles such as practice manager, department director or a similar position within MU Health Care.

What advice do you have for current and future students?

As soon as you get here, embrace the entirety of your college experience. Don’t wait. Attend those Mizzou football and basketball games and seize as many opportunities as possible, like applying to clubs or research that sound interesting. Say “yes” to every chance for growth. Even if you’re just beginning, your college years are fleeting — make the most of them now. 

Anything else you would like to share?

Choosing Mizzou was unequivocally the best decision I’ve ever made. This incredible institution offers a diverse and welcoming community, providing every individual with a place to form lifelong friendships and lasting connections, grow into their best selves, create cherished memories and lay the foundation for a successful career. I wholeheartedly recommend Mizzou to anyone seeking a transformative and fulfilling college experience.

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Kristin Flynn Peters

Kristin Flynn Peters

Associate Teaching Professor

Jen Schaffer

Jennifer Schaffer

Academic Advisor

Jenna Wintemberg

Jenna Wintemberg

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Department of Health Sciences) and Associate Teaching Professor

Botswana Toney Blackburn

Botswana Blackburn

Health Sciences Department Chair and Teaching Professor