Beyond the Nest
It’s As Simple As Love

It’s As Simple As Love

September 12, 2022

In the first episode of Season 3 of Beyond the Nest, 2022 UMR graduate, Chidiogo Orakwue, chats with her sister Amarachi, a 2020 graduate of the University of Minnesota Rochester. 

Chidiogo and Amarachi reminisce about their time at UMR, discovering the campus in their own backyard, and preparing for and entering medical school.                                  

Presently, Amarachi is in her second year of med school at the University of Minnesota Medical Center; and Chidiogo is preparing for the MCAT as she works toward medical school herself. 

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Amarachi Orakwue '20
University of Minnesota Rochester

That’s When I Decided I Wanted to be a Therapist

That’s When I Decided I Wanted to be a Therapist

May 23, 2022

In this episode of Beyond the Nest, 2019 graduate Monica Ziebell chats with UMR Student Success Coach Grace Nelson. 

The two catch up and discuss how Monica picked UMR, internship experiences that led to a pathway realization, and building a career in resilience, mental health, and well-being.                                 

Presently, Monica is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with NUWAY, a non-profit serving individuals recovering from substance use and mental health disorders. Following UMR, Monica went on to earn a Master of Professional Studies in Addiction Counseling from the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing & Professional Studies, and most recently, Monica started pursuing a second master’s degree in social work from St. Mary's University in Rochester, Minnesota.   

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We Were all Flying by the Seat of our Pants

We Were all Flying by the Seat of our Pants

April 26, 2022

In this episode of Beyond the Nest, 2019 graduate Mason Schlief connects with UMR mathematics professor Jered Bright.

The two discuss how Mason happened upon UMR, her experiences with living learn communities such as Health CORE, and what led her to focus on a career pathway in resilience, mental health, and well-being. 

Currently, Mason is a Care Coordinator with Zumbro Valley Health where she counsels individuals facing challenges related to mental health and substance abuse and addiction. Previously, Mason held the role of Mental Health Practitioner with Fernbrook Family Center. Additionally, Mason recently began a Master of Social Work program at the University of North Dakota.        

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It’s Not About You

It’s Not About You

March 15, 2022

In this episode of Beyond the Nest, 2016 graduate Emily Jorgenson talks with neuroscience faculty member, Dr. Robb Dunbar. 

Emily and Dr. Dunbar chat about what brought her to UMR, discovering a career in mental health and addiction counseling, and how to avoid putting yourself in a box. 

Currently, Emily is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Science at UMR, Emily earned a Masters of Mental Health and Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School for Addiction Studies, as well as a certificate in Organizational Leadership from Oregon State University.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please note that this episode contains discussions of traumatic events, including addiction, suicide, and death. Listener discretion is advised.
 

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Build a Really Good LinkedIn Profile

Build a Really Good LinkedIn Profile

February 15, 2022

In this episode, 2014 graduate Gavin Mark chats with UMR sociology Professor Molly Dingel. 

Currently, Gavin works for Syneos Health where he performs monitoring and site management activites for Phase I-IV clinical research projects. Gavin and Professor Dingel discuss Gavin's time at UMR, life in clinical research, and how to build a professional network. 

For those interested in learning more about careers in clinical research, Gavin mentioned the Association of Clinical Research Professionals  (ACRP) as a resource for networking, job opportunities, and continuing education. 

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This is a Piece of Cake

This is a Piece of Cake

January 17, 2022

In the first episode of Beyond the Nest's second season, 2018 graduate Mohamed Addani catches up with UMR biology faculty member Rachel Olson. 

Currently, Mohamed is a doctoral candidate at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences where his focused his research on developing strategies to confront health disparities in regenerative medicine treatments. 

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Your Journey is Unique

Your Journey is Unique

December 13, 2021

In this episode of Beyond the Nest, UMR Senior Success Coach Jenn Hooke chats with 2017 graduate Nitya Chandiramani. The two discuss Nitya's time at UMR, mentorship, and her work on the business side of healthcare. 

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State of the Campus

State of the Campus

November 9, 2021

In this special State of the Campus episode of Beyond the Nest, Chancellor Lori J. Carrell, Ph.D. sits down with Rochester Student Association (RSA) President Yusra Yusuf for a discussion on life at UMR in 2021, the manner in which the pandemic has changed school and the way we work, and how students have responded to multiple disruptions with resilience and compassion. 

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This is Where I Wanted to Be

This is Where I Wanted to Be

October 8, 2021

In this episode of Beyond the Nest, UMR Director of Career Development and Community Engagement Jenny Casper and Raptor alumna Gaolunha Nicole Vang ’14 chat about the business side of health care, teaching English in South Korea, and what it was like to intern in the White House.

Currently, Gaolunha is a Senior Clinical Safety Specialist with Medtronic and lives in the Twin Cities. 

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Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

July 16, 2021

In this episode of Beyond the Nest, UMR alumnae Rachel Nguyen '14 and Holly Goelz '16 chat about the business of healthcare, medical school and the importance of job shadowing during career exploration. 

As of March 2021, Rachel is the Director of Patient Services at Vireo Health; previously, she served as UMR’s Senior Admissions Representative. Holly is an OR Senior Sale Representative with Key Surgical; prior to her current role, Holly worked at UCB and Starkey Hearing Technologies. 

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