Greetings from Ann Arbor! I still find it hard to believe that I’m actually here, but vivid memories of The Trailer Incident (which we don’t speak of), the long drive from Florida with aforementioned trailer, and the always arduous task of moving in assure me that this is the real deal. I’m living in an awesome place called Phi Chi, a medical fraternity. I have my own 1-bedroom apartment as well as access to a lovely clubhouse area that is shared by all of the students who live here. The Huron River is literally in our backyard and the VA hospital is right in front of us. It’s a pretty sweet deal!
Shortly after moving in, my family was able to come into town for the weekend of the White Coat Ceremony. We sampled a few of the tasty restaurants that Ann Arbor has to offer and spent some serious time stuck in traffic due to the Man U/Madrid soccer (football?) game. The ceremony itself was an inspiring way to mark the milestone of starting medical school. It was also an epic photo opportunity. So. Many. Pictures. Additionally, it was the first time my class had all assembled together. There are a LOT of us!!
We spent the following 3 days in orientation, participating in a variety of activities and presentations aimed to familiarize us with the school and give us several chances to get to know each other. We did some extremely cool stuff, including taking a trip out to Zingerman’s Cornman Farms where we went through a leadership workshop and got some yummy goodies. (Have you caught on that I’m really into food?) It was an exhausting few days, but it was definitely a lot of fun. The M2s who planned everything did a fabulous job!
Now that it’s been about a week since classes formally commenced, I feel like I can consider myself a “legit” med school student. That isn’t to say, however, that I have any idea what I’m doing. I’m still lost pretty much all the time. No one mentioned that I would have to learn statistics (yuckers). Even so, I’m loving every second of it. It’s incredible to FINALLY be starting this journey!