To the new first year class - Congratulations! Your hard work, passion, determination and support system have brought you to where you are today. You are at the place where so many aspire to be. You have faced challenges and crossed hurdles. You may feel eager, anxious, excited, scared - and who wouldn’t? You are about to embark on a whirlwind adventure. You will face challenges that test your strength, your confidence, your determination. But if you let yourself, you will learn endlessly, deepen your passions and grow unlike ever before. And just maybe, make some life long friends that not only make this journey tolerable, but fun and exciting. Med school is intense, unlike anything I’ve experienced before, and I’m still in the middle of it. But always remember, you earned your place. Don’t let anyone make you feel unworthy of your white coat. You are where you belong.