A heart of black and gold

From caring for patients to cheering on the Tigers as a member of the Golden Girls dance team, St. Louis native Jamalon Alonso said she’s grateful for every opportunity she’s had at the University of Missouri.

May 6, 2024
Contact: Courtney Perrett, 573-882-6217, cperrett@missouri.edu

University of Missouri senior Jamalon Alonso is following in her parents’ footsteps. Hailing from St. Louis, the daughter of a doctor and a nurse has always enjoyed figuring why things happen to our bodies and how we can become the healthiest versions of ourselves. Now, as a nurse she’s able to pursue those interests while also developing personal, caring relationships with her patients.

While at Mizzou, Alonso was a four-year member of the Golden Girls. She even served as the dance team’s captain her senior year, which included trips to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cotton Bowl and Ireland.  

Read on for a Q&A with Alonso about her Mizzou experience.

Why did you choose Mizzou?

I chose Mizzou for many reasons. I always knew I wanted to attend a big school and being a part of the Southeastern Conference really appealed to me. I’m big into school spirit, and I loved the environment here. I’m also part of the Mizzou Golden Girls dance team. That was a huge factor in my decision to attend MU, as well as the excellent nursing program.

How did you take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities on campus?

There are a lot of hands-on learning opportunities throughout the Sinclair School of Nursing, including the Miller Family Simulation Center. I was lucky to be in one of the first cohorts that was able to use this new space. It’s been awesome because it gives you that hands-on experience that makes you feel like you are in a real nursing environment. I feel like it’s set me up for success in the real world, and I’m grateful for that.

Also, some of our simulations have been interactive with the School of Medicine, and that gives nursing students the opportunity to train how to talk with doctors. Practicing communication between different health care workers is important and it’s something that needs to be taught. I’m happy that Mizzou includes this in our curriculum because it’s going to set me up for success in the real world.

What was your favorite thing about campus?

There are many things I love about Mizzou, but I would have to say my favorite thing is the Homecoming tradition. Mizzou is famous for starting Homecoming, and it’s my favorite week of the year.

What’s your favorite Mizzou memory?

My favorite memory is attending the Cotton Bowl with the Golden Girls. It was so exciting. I experienced a thrill that I’ve never felt before, and I wish I could go back and do it all again.

Why are you proud to be a Tiger?

I am proud to be a Tiger because of everything that this university has given me. I only hope that one day I will be able to give back to the university as much as it has given me. Mizzou has truly made me into the person that I am today.

What’s next for you?

I will be moving back to the city of St. Louis, where I have accepted a job on the general medicine floor at Missouri Baptist Hospital. I am excited to take everything I've learned at Mizzou into the real world to give my patients the best care possible.

Story written by Eric Stann

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