Helping students grow

Student Health Center nurse practitioner Jalyn North loves watching college students take life’s crucial next steps.

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April 25, 2022

For Jalyn North, a nurse practitioner at the University of Missouri Student Health Center, a healthy life boils down to the basics.

“Getting adequate sleep and practicing good sleep habits, eating nutritious foods, exercising several times per week, stress-reducing activities and socializing with other people are most important,” North said. “College is an excellent time to establish healthy habits.”

North got into nursing because she was inspired by those who cared for her grandmother, who struggled with polycystic kidney disease. She chose to work with college-age students because it is such a pivotal time in a young person’s life.

“I love working with college students who are at a point in their lives when they start making their own decisions,” North said. “Ultimately, they choose who they will become, and it is a privilege to help them through the process and watch them grow.”

Sha also recommends taking advantage of the resources at Mizzou.

“MizzouRec, the Counseling Center and interest groups on campus are great places to start,” North said. “Staying involved and connected is very important. If you are struggling with a class, reach out to your professor and/or other students and start a study group.”

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