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Isabel DiSalvoIsabel DiSalvo

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
High School: Pattonville High School
Degree: Elementary Education

Isabel DiSalvo is a senior at Murray State University seeking her exercise science degree. This is her story.

Activities and Organizations

  • Murray State Student Ambassador
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority
  • Kentucky Educators Association
  • Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Literary Society


Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?

So many people have influenced my life. My parents have definitely influenced me the most. They've always been there for me and have always supported, pushed, and motivated me to the best that I can be.

What first sparked your interest in your chosen field?

My interest sparked with becoming a teacher when I was just 5 years old. My feelings about teaching and this profession overall have never waved. As I go further into my program at Murray State, I can honestly say that it is the field for me. I have enjoyed every bit of my experience and look forward to graduation. Upon graduation, I will be certified to teach kindergarten through 5th grade.

Why did you select Murray State? 

The reason I chose Murray State might be a little different than others. I chose Murray State, because I have an autoimmune disease called alopecia. This disease has caused me to lose a lot of my hair. When I first visited Murray State, nobody stared at me or made me feel like I was different. My experience with visiting other universities was completely different. So I visited Murray State again, to make sure that wasn’t just a temporary thing. After my second visit I knew that it wasn’t. That welcoming feeling is what pushed me to select Murray State as my school of choice.

Who is one of your favorite professors and why? 

Dr. Lynn Patterson is my advisor and professor. She has been such an amazing professor and is very supportive. She has such a calming and warm presence and you can see that she loves her job and truly cares about her students.

What is one of your favorite Murray State traditions/experiences?

My favorite Murray State tradition is probably homecoming in tent city. I have absolutely loved it every time homecoming rolls around. My parents always come down and love watching Racer One run around the track.

What is something you've accomplished at Murray State that you're most proud of and why are you proud of it?

The leadership positions that I have taken on are my proudest accomplishments. Being an orientation counselor, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and an ambassador has given me the opportunity to lead in ways that I would’ve never thought. Coming in, I never would've imagined being able to make this much of an impact on so many people.

What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?

The welcoming atmosphere. The moment you step on campus everyone is so friendly and nice. Coming from a big city like St. Louis to here it has been amazing. Everyone speaks, everyone is nice and it’s an overall incredible university.

For a prospective student considering which college to attend, why do you think they should consider attending Murray State?

For me it was the perfect size. It wasn't too big, and it wasn't too small. Every single person that I have met has been nice and helpful. These amazing professors are here to help you with anything, the students are nice and the experiences have been unforgettable.