As of May 22nd, I am officially a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. I have spent four years laughing and crying, studying and goofing off, and doing all four of these things simultaneously on A Level. I’ve studied biomedical engineering and theatre design, applied math and creative writing. And all of this has led to the future I’ve always dreamed. Next year, I’ll be attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and I’ll begin my official path to becoming a physician.
Yet, I believe it is important to acknowledge I’ve done none of these things entirely on my own. Every laugh, tear, and test, someone has been there to support me, to enjoy the moment with me, or to help me simply get through Hopkins. While I am unbelievably proud of what I will be doing next, I’ll have a lifetime to appreciate it. For now, I would like to show some appreciation for what has got me here.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to:
-All of the professors that have pushed me to be better than I thought I could be. Specifically, Dr. Donniell Fishkind and Dr. Michael Miller. Dr. Fishkind-you care more about your students than any professor I’ve ever met and that in and of itself inspired me to care about your class in a way that I hadn’t cared about a class before. Dr. Miller has been one of the greatest professors, mentors, and friends that I have had at Hopkins, and having a professor like him have so much faith in me gave me the confidence to have faith in myself. Dr. Miller-your mentorship has easily been one of the highlights of my undergraduate career, and when I look back on my undergrad years when I’m old and gray, memories of lunches with you and the crew will definitely appear.
-All of those in the JHU Office of Undergraduate Admissions who have been there for me in one way or another. Thank you to Daniel Creasy, who started my journey as a blogger, and Sarah Godwin, who has always been my biggest fan despite seeing me laugh, stress, and nerd out in her office. Much love to JHU_Kate, who is the best SAABestie on the planet, and JHU_Ian and JHU_Shakeweights (aka Joseph) for being my littles. Thanks to JHU_Jackie R. for being da bomb and JHU_Jordan for answering my tech questions without complaint. And most importantly, thank you to anyone who has ever let me ride a golf cart around SOHOP.
-All of those who have helped me learn. Many thanks to the JHU Learning Den, a free tutoring service that became my best friend during my undergrad years. Thank you to the people who would always answer my questions, no matter how slow I was that day, including but not limited to Billy, Ashwyn, Wes, and my bestest study buddy, Melinda.
-All of those who have made my experience the best ever. Mainly, my three girls, Divya, Marisa, and Amanda. Thank you to Divya, who has put up with all my crazy antics to the tune of 14-17 credits per semester (we had the exact same schedule for the past two years). Marisa, who is filled with candid advice and is quite possibly the most talented person I know. She’s the best artist in the world, or at least to me, and a picture she drew of me will be easily be the first thing framed and hung in my new apartment. And then there’s Amanda. She’s the kind of friend who would drop anything to help you, and she has definitely done it before for me. I know I won’t be able to find a replacement for her in Nashville because one simply does not exist, and I’ll miss her greatly and daily.
-My family, most of all. Thank you to my brother for texting me pictures of his really cute dog when I was stressed. Thank you to my dad, whose visits often turned into handyman trips as I revealed all the problems that I had in my apartment that I just couldn’t deal with at the time. Thank you for every printer-wifi connection installment, every scary bug killed, and every really high light bulb changed. You often literally lit up my life (see: the lightbulbs previously mentioned). And thank you to my mom, who has freaked out with me for every test, celebrated every victory, and fed me really well when she came to visit. Thank you for the sometimes ridiculous care packages (that monkey gun was unnecessary), and the singing Hallmark cards when I was having a rough week. You’re nutty, but I love you just the same.
So thank you for all of those who have played any role, big or small, in my Hopkins career. I know there are millions more to thank, but just know that I appreciate everything and everyone that Hopkins has given me. I feel ready for this next step in my life, and because of all Hopkins instilled in me, I feel ready to become a doctor, and that’s the greatest gift of all.