On August 13, 2010, I donned a white coat, took the Hippocratic Oath, and officially became a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. To say I’m terrified is putting it lightly, but I’m also ecstatic–this new beginning has been four years in the making, since I, in the middle of my English Masters, thought Shit!! And now I’m going to medical school, I actually get to go to medical school!
I believe the next four years will be an adventure. I’m four years out a college, and I have a Masters in English (yeah, I completed it–not a field I wish to pursue, but definitely a year of gluttonous academic indulgence), a post-bacc premed certificate of completion, a little bit of work experience, a lot of spent income on bus, train, boat, and air fare, and a husband I adore to show for it. For the first time in my life, I am living entirely by myself (the husband has one year in Boston…still pretty choked up about that one), in the middle of a city I don’t know. I’m looking forward to discovering what being an MS1 is all about and who I become in medical school, and I’d like to try to track my progress here…hopefully regularly, more likely sporadically.
Let the classes begin!