Collin Barrett

Why I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School

I am a nontraditional Medical student who is married and has an undergraduate degree in History. I love to be outdoors especially fishing on one of Minnesota's many lakes. Really though, I love to see how people other than myself live and do life. Whether to travel or volunteering to pick grapes at local vineyards I take every opportunity to get outside my comfort zone and understand people from their perspective. I selected the University of Minnesota because I wanted to attend major medical school that focussed on addressing issue within healthcare in an environment that facilitated community involvement. In addition, the access the University has to excellent health systems in the metro would provide me the opportunity to learn from the best and address gaps currently present in healthcare. Being married in medical school, attending a small private undergrad to a large medical school and being a non-science major entering medical school.

Year of Study


Medical interests

Critical care, interactions of medicine with the humanities, History of Medicine

Community Involvement

Member of Christian Medical & Dental Association and Volunteer EMT

Undergraduate institution:

Bethel University

Home region:

Waconia, MN