I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that medical school has begun! Despite having spent the past week being introduced to the TUSM curriculum and community, I’m still unable to shake the feeling that I’ve been touring the school as an applicant. It just seems so surreal that I’m finally starting my first year. On Tuesday morning, I sat excitedly in the Sackler Auditorium for the first time, wearing my freshly minted TUSM Medical Student badge. I took a long look around the room, scoping out my class. People all around me were engaged in friendly, nervous conversation, everyone trying to be the nicest and most enthusiastic version of themselves. With the exception of a few older students, most people looked as though they had finished undergrad recently. This was something I’d wondered about; with the average age of first year medical students on the rise, I was curious to see whether or not I’d be younger than my classmates, but that didn’t seem to be the case!
The first day went pretty much as expected; we received our orientation packets, signed consent forms, met the administrators, and ate a delicious lunch on the outdoor patio. I saw some familiar faces from the two previous social events, but spent the majority of the day with people I hadn’t met yet. For me, that was both exciting and exhausting. I took a nap every afternoon this week after the orientation programs finished…being bubbly is tiring. I was always happy to head back to the hotel at the end of the day and get dinner with my mom.
Every night this week we’ve had a social event (usually at a bar) at a various location around town. First it was a social at the Whiskey Priest, a bar with a beautiful patio view over the harbor, then the name game at Pour House, then Good Life, then trivia night at Clery’s, then a potluck, and finally a charity event at Wild Rover in Faneuil Hall. I went to the first five events! The social animal in me took over and I managed to keep my energy up in order to meet as many people as possible. Trivia was the most fun- it reminded me of the Monday night trivia we had at the Ram in Seattle. Too bad there weren’t any $3-32oz-beers available. I’ve also made a couple friends so far that I seem to have a lot in common with! That was the highlight of orientation- it’s only been a week, but my classmates have been so friendly that I’m already feeling at home here in Boston.
This weekend I’m visiting Kelley, and we’re planning on making a day trip out to Plymouth to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II replica. It’s been a whirlwind of a week, so I’m looking forward to hanging out with her and having some much needed downtime before classes begin on Monday!