Hometown: Nixa MO
Undergrad: College of the Ozarks
Major: Human and Molecular Biology
Graduate: Missouri State University
Graduate Major: Public Health
Med Specialty: Pediatric Neurology
Why I Chose MU: Hi! My name is Hunter Sheckley, and I'll do my best to help you in any way that I can!
The process I went through to get to Mizzou was fairly traditional. I was homes chooled because my military upbringing forced us to constantly move all over the country. After living most of my life on the east coast, I moved to Missouri, where I finished out high school in Nixa. After High School I began my undergrad studies at the College of the Ozarks where I received a bachelor's degree in human and molecular biology as well as a minor in chemistry. From there I had a gap year in which I went to Missouri State, where I studied public health and received a graduate certificate. Alongside my graduate studies, I worked on neuroscience research at the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences in Springfield, MO. While all of these programs helped me get to Mizzou (and they are all great), I can say without a doubt that my experience at Mizzou has been my favorite.
Here is why Mizzou is my favorite. Since I started school as a home schooler I learned that sometimes your best teacher is yourself. With the PBL program you have to teach your self in order to teach your classmates. This not only forces me to learn the topics that I present on very well but it also helps me be a better teacher. The word Doctor literally means "to teach". Similar to being good teachers, doctors must be good communicators and the PBL process fosters communication skills on a weekly basis. I appreciate this aspect of the curriculum because as an introvert it forces me out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. Finally, I love Mizzou because the curriculum is fun. Going into an unknown PBL case and trying to figure it out is an exciting and fun way to make the studying worth it.
Now you are probably bored reading about school so I will save you from the boredom and talk about the non-school stuff. I'm very active outside of school. I love doing Crossfit, mountain biking, cooking, going to church, grocery shopping (yeah it's weird), going to metal concerts, and drinking coffee anywhere that I can. While med school has been tough, Mizzou provides its students with enough free time to allow for hobbies. The free time has been instrumental in my mental health and has helped me experience 2 of the best years of my life.
I am here for any questions. I can answer the standard questions like how much do I study, or what does my day looks like or is med school hard? If you want to talk to a fellow military brat, I'm your man. If you have to take a gap year and you are afraid, I've been there. What's the best coffee shop to study at? I'll tell you. I can't think of any more creative topics, but essentially I will talk about anything. Shoot me an email, and I will try to answer all of your questions. Cheers!