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ATSU-MOSDOH student: ‘There’s always someone right there to support me’

Keely Skidmore, ATSU-MOSDOH student

A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) student Keely Skidmore, D2, admits to being a bit hesitant about moving from Greenville, South Carolina, to Kirksville, Missouri.

But it didn’t take long for her to feel at home at ATSU-MOSDOH.

“When deciding to attend ATSU-MOSDOH, I was a little hesitant because Missouri is so far away from home for me. But since the first day of class I have been shown time and time again that this was the right choice,” she said. “The close-knit community and the friendly environment has made me feel right at home in Kirksville.

“My favorite thing about being an ATSU student is definitely the people. The small class size and the willingness of faculty to go above and beyond creates a sense of community that I have become so thankful for. Everywhere I go on campus there is someone with a smiling face and a great attitude. The people here help make the stressful times a little less stressful and I know that if I need help, there’s always someone right there to support me.”

Skidmore graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. ATSU’s mission caught her eye during the application process.

“One thing that stuck out to me when applying to dental schools was ATSU-MOSDOH’s dedication to serving underserved populations. The school offers many resources and opportunities to succeed and prepares students to give back and serve those in need,” she said.

Skidmore is a member of the American Student Dental Association, serving as secretary, Delta Sigma Delta, and a student ambassador. 

“Student ambassadors were so helpful to me when I was making my dental school decision and I wanted to help current applicants make their decision as well. I get so excited to share my experience and I have the best time telling prospective students why I love ATSU-MOSDOH,” she said.

Skidmore has many reasons, including opportunities outside of the classroom.

“Outside of ATSU I like to hangout with friends, go to the gym, and watch Netflix. Recently, I have been getting involved in a lot of new hobbies through intramurals,” she said. “I’ve had the opportunity to play pickleball, tennis, softball, badminton, and volleyball at the Thompson Campus Center. Although I may not be the best at any of these, I have had a lot of fun and it’s a great way to decompress after class.”


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