Earlier in May, I graduated from medical school, becoming the first doctor in my family! Although it was a momentous occasion, I was also a bit sad about what graduation really means to me. It is an end of an era, where I am no longer just a student. It is an end to both the good times and bad times that I have had in Richmond. To me, graduation tells me that how I have been living and experiencing life as a medical student is coming to a close and now, I must move on and adapt to a new pace of life as a resident. I am both excited and nervous about the swift change, but hopefully, I will come to love it as much as I have come to love my time in Richmond.
My school requires us to attend both the medical school hooding ceremony as well as the overall university ceremony that includes all the undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools at VCU. With the medical school hooding ceremony, it felt like a symbolic transition from being simply a student to being a lifelong learner who now carries both the reward and burden of taking care of people’s lives. As for the overall university ceremony, I felt like I was back in college, given the sheer number of graduates from all the different schools. Having to go to both ceremonies in order to receive my diploma was a bit of a hassle, but I enjoyed being able to celebrate with my friends and family over the course of two days.