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Sara Voisard

Sara Voisard (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

April 26, 2017

Campus involvement helped Voisard build leadership skills

Sara Voisard has completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Northwest Missouri State University and is advancing her education by attending pharmacy school at University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Voisard, a native of Faucett, Missouri, chose Northwest because she understood the value of earning a degree.

“I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist,” Voisard said. “Technically, I didn’t have to get a bachelor’s degree, but I like to know that I have it to fall back on if I chose not to attend pharmacy school.”

Initially, Voisard figured she wouldn’t get too involved in student organizations on campus. But after experiencing a taste of the Bearcat culture, she quickly changed her mind.

“I ended up getting involved in everything,” she said. “Looking back, I am glad I did because I’ve met a variety of people from different walks of life.”

She was involved in Gamma Alpha Lambda and Gamma Sigma Epsilon. She lived at the Campus Christian House, worked as a peer mentor at the Talent Development Center and led the trumpet section in the Bearcat Marching Band.

As a member of the Bearcat Marching Band, Voisard further developed her leadership skills with Dr. Katy Strickland, associate professor of music and director of the athletic bands, as a mentor.

“Even though I don’t have a major in the music department, Dr. Strickland has been my biggest influence,” Voisard said. “She taught me so many things not only about band, but about life and being a leader. She has really been a great example for me.” 

Voisard also took advantage of opportunities to enhance her skills in other settings such as group projects and lab courses.

“Northwest really prepared me for my career in the fact that leadership has been a really big deal in all parts of my experience at Northwest,” she said.

Voisard encourages future students to get involved in organizations and enjoy their time at Northwest. Her involvement, afforded her opportunities to be immersed in the Northwest culture and be part of the University’s success, including three NCAA Division II national championships. 

“As a band member and going to every football game and watching the goalposts being torn down three times was amazing,” she said. “Also, watching the basketball team win the national championship this spring was such an experience. I just love supporting the teams.”

The people at Northwest have become like family to Voisard. Through her involvement in student organizations, she met and interacted with people from all parts of the world.

“This place is beautiful and I’m going to miss that,” she said. “I’m really going to miss the community feeling. It’s not even just at Northwest, but all throughout Maryville. Everyone just loves being a Bearcat, and it’s just a small, tightknit community.” 

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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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