I am a 4+1 student in the Mayo Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program. Prior to this program, I earned my degree in biology from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Entering the program, I was quite uncertain of how different things would be, but over the past few months, adjusting has been easier than expected. This is due in part to communicating with students from the previous year’s class whom I knew and learning what to expect from their information. They gave advice on studying strategies, tips for exams, and also how to navigate living in a new city.
Don’t be concerned if you don’t know anyone, though; there are mentors available for everyone from past classes.
The positivity and hard work of my classmates have also made the transition stress-free. We all help each other study, whether that means working through study guides together or quizzing one another prior to class to make sure everyone is caught up on the material. Everyone also tries to help each other navigate a new city, finding the best places to go for coffee, groceries, and fun. Some use the city transit system, which is new for many of us. With each other’s help, we have all figured it out with minimal issues.
We all get along well and hope for the best for each other.
I will admit that entering this program, I was concerned about the fast pace of the program, getting to know my classmates, and navigating a new place. But, with the help of old and new friends, starting this program has been fun, exciting, and everything I hoped it would be.