There’s no place like the hometown campus
For Kollengode, everything about the Rochester campus and NXT GEN MED has been a perfect fit. He started in fall 2022 with a cohort of 10 classmates and will have his degree in December 2024.
That first fall he was connected with a Mayo Clinic mentor, and this summer he began an internship with Mayo Clinic’s Department of Business Development. At first, he was primarily sitting in on meetings and learning the Mayo vernacular. Lately, he’s been part of a few business transactions, and was able to sit in on seminars and events that Mayo Clinic has hosted.
“I have heard how competitive the market is for internships, and as a freshman it's very rare to get one,” he says. “I thought, I will not find this anywhere else, let alone at the number one hospital in the world.”
Kollengode also beams about U of M Rochester’s sense of community and engagement. UMR, he says, “focuses on and really highlights inclusivity, and it makes sure that all students are heard and seen. It creates an environment for the students—and me, specifically—that I feel is super welcoming, and why I really enjoyed choosing this place.”