Shelby Creamer has always been a go-getter. And her senior summer is no exception. 
The nursing student landed a coveted ten-week paid “externship” with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She's gained valuable real-world experience working alongside an RN clinical coach providing patient care in a team environment. The competitive clinic accepts only 50 of the 800 applicants.
“The Mayo Clinic opportunity is a dream come true,” says Shelby. “I am truly honored to be accepted because I know they take a small number of applicants.”
Shelby had the clinical experience, faculty support, good grades and passion that made her shine. When submitting her application, she used an essay from one of her classes that portrayed her determination and passion for the profession of nursing.
“I feel so lucky to be able to gain this amazing experience at Mayo Clinic as I enter my last year of nursing school,” she says. “UMass Lowell has helped me earn this opportunity at a prestigious hospital and I couldn't be more thankful.” 
Growing up in Lowell, Creamer wanted to attend college away from her childhood city. When driving home from a disappointing campus tour at a nearby college, Shelby and her mother pulled into UMass Lowell “just to take a look.” They stumbled into Weed Hall and ran into a graduate student who praised the program. Impressed, Creamer applied to the nursing program and is more than satisfied, especially with the faculty.
“The professors make themselves available to offer as much guidance as possible, making it clear they want to see their students succeed,” says Shelby. “They relate what we learn in the classroom to our nursing careers.”
Creamer also gained research experience as an undergraduate. As a Research Co-op Student in the Bring Diversity to Nursing Program, she learned about research, grant funding and health promotion.
“I thirst for knowledge continuously, and in this career, you never stop learning.”