Nearly a week ago I graduated from the Masters in Medical Sciences program at Western University of Health Sciences! In the days leading up to commencement I couldn't help but feel somewhat indifferent. I still felt miles from my desired goal of graduating from medical school, and I felt odd celebrating only one year's work. Although the program was only a year long, it would be a mistake to say I have not grown tremendously over this time. Besides being motivated than ever to hone my study skills as I took on the most challenging science courses I had taken to date, I also grew a lot professionally. I had an immense amount of practice speaking publicly by giving countless class presentations, reciting a poem for the Willed Body Ceremony in front of all those who were involved with that year's anatomy course, as well as performing a piece from The Vagina Monologues in front of a plethora of fellow WesternU students!
On the day of commencement and as the ceremony went on my indifference faded as a sense of pride and excitement set in instead. I felt really proud of all of my classmates as they walked the stage and got hooded by their family members. The hooding tradition at WesternU, although an initial stressor for my family, is actually a very neat way to include a graduate's family in such a priceless moment. Once all of the MSMS and MSBS (Biomedical Sciences) graduates walked the stage, it was now on to the medical students. My classmate and I followed along with the program to get some background on each graduate where they matched. Earlier I thought the ceremony would be a very boring three hours, but I was very entertained to see where everyone was going and excited about what the future held for me and my classmates! Once commencement was over we took a class picture, some small group pictures, and then I was off to take a barrage of photos with my incredibly proud family! Four more years!