On March 14, 2016, I opened up my email around 11 am to find out if I matched. When the hour rolled by and I didn’t see anything, I admit that I had a minor freak out. I thought to myself, even if I hadn’t matched, wouldn’t I have been notified so that I could then go into SOAP? Turns out, the email had been hiding in my SPAM folder all along!!! After reading the email, I sighed in relief because I knew that I had a job somewhere. Throughout that entire week, I didn’t really find myself wondering where I would be going. A lot of my friends did though! Some people had relationships and kids and a whole lot of other drama banking on them getting their first choice. For me, I was okay with going to quite a few places on my list, so I was a bit more flexible about not getting my first choice. Instead, I worked on my research paper and met up with friends that had come back to town for Match Day.
When the fateful day came, it was all a bit surreal. I knew I was going to be a practicing doctor finally, but where?! My parents came down for the event, which was held at a theater near my school. My school has a Match Day theme each year and this year, it was game day. Some people still dressed formally, but many of my classmates were dressed as their favorite athlete or wore the gear for their favorite team. Unlike some schools, we do not have to go up on stage, open up our envelopes, and announce where we’re going. Instead, we can simply open it wherever we want once our name is called and we retrieve the envelope. I opened my envelope with my parents and to my elated surprise, I’ll be going to Brown University in Rhode Island for family medicine.
New England for the next three years!