My UMR Story

The thoughts and experiences of students at UMR.

Click on the photos below to read more about what it's like to be a student at UMR. Check out a sampling of their blogs below.





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Dairy to Doctor: The Medical School Application Process

April 15, 2016

Hello Everyone!

So you want to be a doctor, eh? Today I'll be talking about the medical school application process. I am going to be starting this long, difficult journey in just a few weeks when AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) opens up. Unless you are applying to DO or Texas schools, this is where you will submit all of your application materials.
The Process:

  • Primary Application- The primary application is a common application that gets sent to each of the schools you choose to apply to. With the primary application is also when you'll submit your MCAT score and transcripts. Letters of Recommendation can also be uploaded with the Primary Application, but this varies by school. There is a fee associated with each school, so unfortunately you can't choose to send your application to every medical school in the US (unless you really want to pay for it!).
  • Secondary Application- The secondary application is unique to each school, and generally involves more essays that need to be written. Some schools do not require a secondary, but most do. Some schools also request letters of recommendation at this time, if they did not accept them at the time of primary application submission.
  • Interview- If you have made it this far, congratulations! Every medical school (at least to my knowledge) requires an interview before an admission or waitlist offer can be made. However, you can be rejected before an interview, unfortunately. There are multiple different interview formats that take, such as one-on-one, group, multiple mini (MMI), or student interviews.
  • Decision!- After your interview, you will be informed whether you are accepted, rejected, or waitlisted to a school.

Pretty soon, I will begin this process with the submission of my primary application in early June. Although I am looking forward to starting the application process, it's also extremely nerve-wracking and hard to believe that it's finally here, since I've been looking forward to it for so long! I will continue to write about my application process throughout the next year, so be sure to keep an eye out for future blogs!


Cat’s Meow: Capstone

May 2, 2016

Today I presented my final capstone! I was pretty nervous but also very excited to talk about my experience. I think that studying abroad was the best decision I ever made and would not have wanted to do it any differently. If any UMR student is interested in learning more about study abroad, please contact me at

Farm Girl - Big City: Senioritis

April 30, 2016

The year is almost done! WHAT!? That is so hard to believe. This last semester has gone by SO fast. At the beginning of the semester, I wondered to myself if I would end up getting senioritis toward the end of the semester. Once classes started, I realized that I was going to be too crazy to even realize that the semester was coming to an end.

Sometime last week I was sitting with my classmates during lunch and I realized that we only had two weeks left! It wasn't until then that I just decided I really didn't want to do anything anymore, which probably isn't a good idea. Sadly, I still really don't have time to fully embrace the senioritis, but I can feel it creeping up... Thankfully, the semester will end before I become a full blown couch potato. It is crazy how different senior year of college is compared to high school. In high school, all was smooth sailing by the time second semester came around and I was just trying to enjoy my time with my friends before it was all gone. Now, I am just trying to keep myself as busy as possible so it can hurry up and be done. I was terrified to move on after high school but not so much now after college. I spent the last four years getting excited for the rest of my life. In the six months after college (assuming I am allowed to graduate of course), I will complete my clinical rotations, (hopefully) pass my boards exam, get married, and move to a new state! When shoved into one sentence, it looks really intimidating, but I am also so excited. The only thing that stands between me now and then is two more weeks of school!!

Wish me luck everyone!

The Life and Times of Emily Jorgenson: An Open Letter To My 16-Year-Old Sister

April 22, 2016

Dear 16-Year-Old Sister,

There is some knowledge that I have gained in my 5 extra years on this planet that you might not have yet, and I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you can avoid some bad feelings and indulge in some good ones.

1. Don't waste your time on boys. I'm serious about this one. You will have a few guys in your life from now until you're my age, but please make sure you don't spend any more time on them than they deserve. If they hurt you, if they treat you poorly, or if they are ever indecisive about your relationship, walk away and don't look back. I have wasted more time than I'd like to admit on boys who didn't deserve my time. I promise you will find the one, just give it time.

2. You will be hurt. It's inevitable that you won't be able to see hurt coming until he's walking away and your world is falling apart. You will feel like you're never going to stop crying. You will think you can't go on. You will think that no one else will love you. None of these are true. You will be fine, and after a while, a new boy will walk into your life and you'll wonder why you ever got so upset over the boy that hurt you before. Eat some ice cream, watch The Notebook, go to the mall and spend way too much money, cut your hair, and spend a lot of time with your friends. You will survive.

3. Don't waste your time trying cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol. They're nothing great. Cigarettes will make you smell and ruin your health. Drugs will make you stupid and ruin your life. Alcohol can wait until you're 21. It's more fun going out with a few friends when you're all 21 than it is sneaking a Smirnoff Ice out of the fridge and sharing it with your friend.

4. Choose your friends wisely. It may seem like the 'popular' kids are who you want to hang out with, but they aren't. They're mean. Those friendships don't last. I'm in college and there's only 1 friendship that I still have from home. It sucks, but that's what happens when you grow up. Your college friends will be better anyways.

5. Take school seriously. This is something that I didn't do, and I regret it so much. Do well in school and really learn how to study. It will come in handy in college and throughout your life.

6. Balance is everything. While #5 is really important, balance is more important. Spend time with your friends. Watch some Netflix. Do extracurriculars. Get a lot of sleep. Make sure you don't do too much of one thing.

7. Make sure to hug mom and dad. I'm in college now, and I can't tell you how I miss them. There are so many things they did that I took for granted, and I wish I had them now. Hug them, tell them you love them, and don't forget to say thank you every once in awhile.

There is so much more I could tell you, but these are the biggest things I want to pass onto you. I love you so much, and I can't wait to watch you grow.

With love,
Your 21-Year-Old Sister

Last Year in the Raptors Nest: Favorite Places to Eat Lunch

Cassidy Steinberg

February 2, 2016

I chronically forget to pack a lunch when I have longer days at school, so here are a few of my favorite places to eat lunch!

  1. Tinn's - This is a philly steak sub shop with the greatest sandwiches around. My favorite is the chicken alfredo sandwich. Their fries are probably in the top 3 that I have ever had!
  2. Salad Brothers - This place is great for grabbing a quick cup of soup or sandwich. My favorite is their Minnesota Wild Rice soup with their free buns!
  3. Newt's Express - Every once in awhile I get a craving for a burger and fries. Newt's Express usually takes care of that!