According to Grad Students: Five Reasons to Love Rochester
Monday, April 8, 2019
By Randi Alexandra Plake, Digital Content Specialist, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science
With input from our doctoral students, we narrowed down the top five reasons to love the city of Rochester, Minnesota, home to one of three campuses for graduate biomedical research training.
#1 The growing foodie scene
Rochester is experiencing a foodie revolution with farm-to-table eateries, food trucks, coffee bars, brewpubs, and everything in between.
Our students are straight-up obsessed with downtown coffee shop Café Steam. Seriously. Stop any of them on the street and they’ll tell you Steam is what gets them through long lab days and all-night study sessions.
When looking for a bite to eat, Luzeena Raja, Ph.D. student, suggests Chester’s Kitchen and Bar and another student, Margaret Akinhanmi, agrees: "The bread rolls at Chester's are delish." She loves brunch at Pescara, too, especially the gouda hashbrowns. Another popular breakfast spot is Cheap Charlie's, recommended by Alyssa Brown, a M.D.-Ph.D. student.
And, there's no shortage of international fare in Rochester. Numrah Fadra, an informatics specialist at Mayo and previous grad student, loves Pho Chao on North Broadway and Ichi Tokyo.
Need more proof? Here is an exhaustive list of restaurants in Rochester.
#2 Being active in all four seasons
Yes, it snows a lot in Rochester. In 2018-2019, snowfall was 36% higher than usual with a whopping 75 inches of snow over the season.
Do you want to build a snowman? Yes, yes, you do. According to M.D.-Ph.D. student, Alyssa Brown: “I hate the snow, but I love sledding in it.”
Winters may be rough, but we're rewarded in the warmer months. Join a running group, sign up for sand volleyball, or join another sports league. Rochester has 85 miles of paved bike trails, 100 neighborhood parks, and several lakes and rivers nearby for boating, swimming, and other water activities.
#3 The culture
We can’t think of a better way to decompress from the responsibilities that come along with totally owning grad school than soaking in the creative side of Rochester.
Rochester is just a short drive from Minneapolis and St. Paul, home to some of the best museums, theaters, and cultural events in the Midwest. Road trip, anyone?
#4 There's something to do every day of the week
Rochester is all about community and there is truly always something to do.
You can also look forward to many events, fairs, cultural activities, family events, and festivals throughout the seasons, and even SocialICE in the middle of winter.
You’ll want to bundle up like the kid brother in A Christmas Story for that last event though.
#5 Being a part of solutions and hope
You’ll find a strong commitment to making Rochester the premier destination medical center in the world. This city has long been a destination for patients facing the most serious and complex medical challenges.
People come from all other the world to train and learn at Mayo Clinic, and you have the opportunity to be a part of that, too.
As one Ph.D. student, Jackie Zayas put it, “I love the patient interaction. Even helping a lost patient find their way brings me such joy!”
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