Today I volunteered for the Incoming Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony. The looks on the newly minted students’ faces were priceless. I could literally feel their excitement as they entered the door. It was so humbling to greet their family and friends as they witnessed such a pivotal moment in their new careers.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year since I had mine!! I still remember how excited I was. Although it’s an exciting time, it’s very nerve wracking as well. Putting it on the first time felt like such an enormous responsibility. Medicine is a long and hard journey, and it’s very easy to lose that excitement along the way. Moments like these are important because they show you how far you’ve come and how much of a blessing it is to be in the Medical Field. My first year of medical school was very challenging (read more about my first year of medical school here) and there were days when I just wasn’t too excited about the enormous workload and pressure. Now as a second year medical student, I am honored to have been apart of this year’s White Coat Ceremony.
To the incoming students, Congratulations and best of luck to you as you start your Medical careers! Once you put on that white coat, your life will literally never be the same. Never forget the feeling of joy that you experienced today. When times get hard, sometimes you just have to reflect on that Personal Statement that you wrote simply to remember why you started this journey in the first place. Hold on to the highlights and exciting times, such as the White Coat ceremony and wear your new white coat with honor and dignity. Hold your head up high. You have definitely earned the right to wear it. Don’t let anyone allow you to think otherwise.