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Mizzou Made 2023: Sarah Grace Kutter, BHS

May 8, 2023

With commencement coming up on May 13, we’re taking this opportunity to highlight some of the incredible students who make the School of Health Professions such a great place to learn, serve and discover.

Today we meet Sarah Grace Kutter, a Richardson, Texas, native who is completing her BHS in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.

Sarah Grace Kutter
Sarah Grace Kutter

Sarah Grace Kutter

Major: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Hometown: Richardson, TX

Favorite Quote:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

J.R.R. Tolkien
What does graduating from the Mizzou School of Health Professions mean to you?

When COVID forced Mizzou to close down and we were sent him, I switched my major into the School of Health Professions. I didn’t really know what the classes would consist of, and it was something out of my comfort zone. There were times I wasn’t sure I was on the right path, but as I’m about to graduate, I know I am.

I met wonderful mentors and teachers in addition to gaining a great group of friends. I didn’t feel connected to those in my previous major, but once I switched, I met two of my best friends, Erika and Claire, and about 45 amazing people in my SLHS classes who will graduate beside me on May 13. Graduating from the Mizzou School of Health Professions means a lot to me as it’s brought me together with so many incredible people and set me up for an amazing career. 

What was your favorite class within your degree track?

Within my major, I loved my class with Dr. Barb McLay on neurophysiology. It was one of the first classes I took after being accepted into the SLHS undergraduate program, and it was the first time I felt like I had made the right choice to switch.

Outside of the School of Health Professions, I took a Harry Potter class and loved it! I learned so many interesting facts about how the legendary series came to fruition.

What activities have you been involved in along the way?

I’ve been a member of the Marching Mizzou piccolo section for four years, a member of Mini Mizzou for four years, an active member of Phi Mu for four years, an RA for one year, and a cycling instructor at MizzouRec for two years! 

Who helped you during your college journey?

My family has been a huge support from out of state. In Columbia, my grandparents, teachers, and my band director, Dr. Amy Knopps, have been a few who have helped me the most on my journey. I wouldn’t be able to graduate without their continued support, encouragement, and love. 

What memories stand out from your time at Mizzou?

My freshman year, the very first time I ever attended a football game as a Mizzou student is something I will never forget. The energy in Memorial Stadium is so special — win or lose, the fans always show up to support. Playing in the band at every single game since then is something I will cherish forever.

In addition, getting accepted into the undergraduate SLHS program, going on a bar crawl with my fellow SLHS undergrads (we are all of age), getting to go to NYC to march in the Macy’s Parade, and teaching cycling classes at MizzouRec are other fond memories from my time here at Mizzou.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to work as a speech pathology assistant before getting my master’s degree. I’d love to work in a school district or clinic! 

What advice do you have for current and future students?

Don’t be afraid to switch your major! It may seem hard and like a lot of work, but I’m so glad I did. It made me feel happier and more confident in myself. Also, lean on your fellow peers. I know in classes of 100 people it can feel impossible to make friends, but it makes the long classes just a bit better, the big study sessions a bit more fun, and graduation even sweeter. 

Anything else you would like to share?

Special shoutout to my mom, Stacy Kutter, my sister, Cammy Kutter, my stepdad, Mark Slater, my grandparents, Dave and MaryAnne Holsinger, my Aunt Ray, cousins Tate and Dottie, and my Uncle Brian. They have all been such constant supports, and I wouldn’t be able to graduate without them and their love.

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Barbara McLay

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