Name: Jonathon Davis “JD” White
Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
Year: Incoming Super-Senior
Academic Major(s): Health Sciences, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Chemistry
What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
Out of all the amazing experiences I’ve had at the University of Missouri after four years, my favorite memory has been one of my most recent experiences. It’s a tough thing to want to enter the clinical side of healthcare; plenty of dues must be paid before someone can actually start diving in to the exact career they’ve worked so hard for.
I want to do pediatrics; I want to help kids when they are in need of help the most. I’ve got a long way before I can actually start caring for them with a white coat on, but MizzouThon gave me a way to start helping them directly right away. MizzouThon is the University of Missouri’s Dance Marathon Program, a student run philanthropy that raises money for various programs at the MU Women and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. It is one of the best events I have ever been apart of, and the 13.1 hours go by in a flash. I wish the time it is going to take until next year’s MizzouThon would go by just as fast.
Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?
My sister will always remain one of my greatest role models. I’ve never met someone with as much patience, poise, and maturity. Regardless of what has happened to her, she never once blamed the world for her problems; she simply accepted them and overcame them without anger or self-pity.
Another role model of mine is Danny Thomas. I cannot say I personally knew the man or the strengths and weaknesses he possessed. However, I do know he kept the promise he made to St. Jude and started a children’s’ hospital that remains one of the greatest organizations in the world. Hopefully one day I will be lucky enough to be able to positively contribute to the mission of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in the best way I can.
What quote do you live by?
“You know, I had as much ability as Stan, maybe more. Nobody had more power than me. Nobody can run faster than me. But Stan was a better player because he’s a better man than me. Because he got everything out of his life and his ability that he could. And he’ll never have to live with all the regret that I have to live with.”
Mickey Mantle on Stan Musial
What excites you the most about being a 2017 Summer Welcome Leader?
There are students who come to college with an absolute certainty of their direction. They know what they want to study, organizations they want to be apart of, and the career they want to pursue. Simply put, I was not one of these students. I always possessed a curiosity in most things but lacked a deep curiosity in one thing. While many of friends dove in to their respective passions in various different areas, I bounced back and forth between different majors and career paths.
I had to be patient to find what I wanted to do in life. While I am behind many of my peers, I am blessed to finally discover a passion that I can pursue wholeheartedly. Staying patient greatly paid off for me in the end. Like many other students, I just had to keep an open mind without getting too discouraged. I look forward to being the front line for these students and let them know it is okay if they first lack a specific direction.