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Stephanie Sander sings from the heart

Stephanie SanderStudent profile

Name

Stephanie Sander

Hometown

St. Louis

Major

Music

Disability

Bipolar disorder

Education focus

Vocal performance, opera.

Future endeavors

After I graduate, I plan on moving to New York City and auditioning for productions.

Hobbies

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the Berg with my choir friends.

Greatest challenge at MU

Last semester I took 21 hours. I had to be extremely efficient with my time, and the hardest thing was learning to say no to extracurricular activities.

Advice for students with similar disabilities

Balance, balance, balance.  Eat well, get plenty of sleep, and find positive ways to express yourself.

Advice for new MU students

Get involved in activities that you are passionate about. Don’t be afraid to stretch your comfort zone, meet new people and experience new things!

How the Office of Disability Services makes a difference

The people who work in the ODS center have been extremely helpful to me every time I’ve gone in with a question or concern about my classes and accommodations.  The services they offer have helped me immensely in my time here at MU, and I would encourage any student dealing with any kind of disability or illness to go in and talk with them.

What people should know about my disability

Our society has a negative social stigma about people with mental illnesses. I would like to let people know that it is attainable to lead a normal, healthy and happy lifestyle while having this disorder.