Alexa Ethridge celebrates during a volleyball match.

Photo courtesy The Maneater

From the time Alexa Ethridge was eight years old, volleyball had directed every step she had ever taken. The Mizzou Volleyball star from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, dedicated most of her life to a sport she loved; when it was time for her collegiate athlete career to end, she needed a new passion and she found it in a new dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist to help people communicate.

“As a student-athlete, my academic career always was my priority,” Ethridge said. “My drive to succeed in the classroom has equally matched my drive to succeed on the court. I worked hard to earn a 3.8 GPA as an undergraduate. This determination helped me get accepted in the graduate speech-language pathology program to continue my Mizzou education.”

Ethridge lived out her dream as a Division I collegiate athlete, and now her sights are set to take on her next dream of living life as a speech-language pathologist. She knew she wanted to stay at Mizzou as the authenticity, candor and kindness of the people within the speech-language pathology program matched her values.

“I strive for the opportunity to grow within the program and the university that has led me to where I am now,” Ethridge said. “M-I-Z!”