How does your experience with Mayo education compare to previous educational experiences you have received at other institutions?
My experience at Mayo has far exceeded the educational experiences I have received elsewhere. Mayo Clinic employs passionate individuals who are at the top of their fields but are also eager to teach me, an undergrad student, using state-of-the art equipment. This approach has allowed me to learn a lot in a short amount of time.
What kind of opportunities have you been introduced to since being at Mayo?
Through the Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) I have had the opportunity to work in the lab with equipment I had only previously read about in my textbooks, learn more about the current major topics of interest in various fields because of the research seminars, and observe graduate school students as they defended their research dissertations.
Why did you choose Mayo Clinic verses other academic institutions?
I chose Mayo Clinic because of its reputation. Mayo Clinic is known around the world for its excellence, which is also known as the Mayo experience. This institution was one of the first to incorporate research, education, and clinical practice into developing treatments for patients. I wanted to see what Mayo Clinic was like as well as to go through Mayo experience myself.
What is your program like? What sorts of projects/workshops have you done?
SURF has been a great learning experience. It incorporates hands-on learning with scientific seminars. In the lab, I had the opportunity to work with many different types of state-of-the art equipment. Though I work in Molecular Medicine, I have been able to go see many different scientific seminars from world-renown researchers in different disciplines.
What do you feel the atmosphere is like at Mayo Clinic?
Everyone I have met at Mayo Clinic has been very sincere. I say this because each individual seems to truly care and want the best for you. Everyone I have met is more than willing to go the extra mile. Clinicians will take the time to research and tell patients about all the medical options available, research mentors will take time out of their busy schedules to explain and teach summer students specific lab techniques, and shuttle bus drivers will go out of their way to put a smile on your face.
What is your everyday life like in Rochester?
Each day I commute to the lab from my hotel on a shuttle bus and then I conduct research in the lab. After getting out of the lab I usually go to the library and read and then I exercise. Following that, I usually eat out with a few friends, and then study before going to bed.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to become a medical doctor and possibly pursue an M.D./Ph.D. degree.
If you could describe Mayo in one word, what would it be?
What kinds of activities are you involved in Rochester?
While in Rochester I have enjoyed going to Rochester Fest, shopping at Thursdays on First and Third, working out, reading in the library, and dining at the many restaurants.
How does Rochester differ from your hometown? College?
Rochester is very environmentally friendly. Most people have a least one garden and commute around the city by bus. Also, it is a safe city; the crime rate is very low.
Any other comments about Rochester, Mayo Clinic, etc.
I can honestly say that my summer at Mayo Clinic has been extremely rewarding. I would highly recommend Mayo Clinic to anyone in need of medical care or interested in pursuing a research or medical career.