Alison M

Griffons Care

After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Missouri Western in 2021, I found myself drawn back to our alma mater to pursue another passion: Respiratory Therapy. Missouri Western holds a special place in my heart—it’s where I cultivated lasting friendships, honed my academic skills, and began to shape my future. With a legacy of family ties to Missouri Western—both my grandfather and father are alumni—I felt a deep sense of pride in continuing this tradition and making my mark within our community.

Returning to Missouri Western for my Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy felt like coming home. Being born and raised in St. Joseph, MO, our campus has always been in my backyard, and its familiar embrace provided the perfect environment for my educational journey. But beyond familiarity, Missouri Western offered me unparalleled opportunities for applied learning, particularly through clinical rotations.

The clinical rotations during my time in the Respiratory Therapy program were truly transformative. They provided a hands-on approach to learning, allowing me to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. From working alongside experienced professionals to directly impacting patient care, each rotation expanded my understanding of respiratory therapy and deepened my commitment to this noble profession.

Reflecting on my time at Missouri Western, I am filled with gratitude for the faculty who guided me, the classmates who supported me, and the institution that provided a nurturing environment for growth. Every lecture, every lab, and every clinical experience has contributed to my development as a respiratory therapist and has prepared me to serve with compassion, skill, and dedication.

As alumni of Missouri Western, we share a common bond—a commitment to excellence, a passion for learning, and a desire to make a positive impact in our communities. As I embark on this new chapter in my career, I carry with me the values instilled in me by our alma mater, and I am proud to continue the legacy of Missouri Western.

Thank you for your continued support and for being part of the Missouri Western family. Together, let us celebrate our shared experiences, accomplishments, and aspirations, and let us continue to inspire future generations of Griffons to soar to new heights.

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