So excited for my first blog post! First things first: Shout-out to the LLUSM Class of 2018!
This past week, I’ve been scrambling around trying to get everything in order before school starts. It seemed as if I had so much to get done, from getting my school ID to grocery shopping… and needless to say, it has been a little crazy. I know that once classes start, I won’t have much time, so I decided to make the most of the few free days I actually had. I went to LA for a day with a couple of friends. We had fun being tourists, taking pictures near the Hollywood sign and experiencing the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The following night, I went to the O.C. Fair. That place is HUGE! They have tons of vendors, rides, and events. The vendors sold a variety of foods, from tacos to deep-fried everything! <— Myocardial Infarction in the making! As far as the events, we caught part of a concert and a rodeo. Yes, a real live rodeo in which cowboys competed to see who could stay the longest on a bucking bull. That’s just crazy, right?
Anyway, let me fast-forward to last Wednesday night… the LLU Freshman Welcome Picnic. The LLUSM Alumni Association sponsored this picnic so that we could meet and greet our classmates and some of the upperclassmen. Though I initially wasn’t too keen on stepping out of my comfort zone and introducing myself to others, it actually ended up being really fun! I met a few of my classmates, exchanged numbers with some second, third, and fourth years, and received good advice. I got to learn a little bit about those I would be in class with for the next four years through icebreaker games. Oh, and the food was pretty good too! Many faculty members also showed up, including Dr. Hadley, Dr. Roddy, Dr. Lamberton, and a few others. FYI: In case you did not know, Dr. Hadley, the LLUSM Dean, is the campus selfie king! (Check out the picture near the bottom.)
Thursday morning, the Class of 2018 gathered in the Coleman Pavilion for the first day of orientation. We got to hear presentations made by various faculty and several LLU organizations. There was a lot of information, papers, and pamphlets given, but it just proved, even more, what an exciting and interesting place Loma Linda University is! We also took our Class Picture and picked up our iPads. As a new Apple owner, I must confess that I was really excited about our 64GB iPad Airs! Another favorite was the panel discussion on how to succeed in medical school. Dr. Lamberton moderated as four upperclassmen gave us newbies advice and techniques that helped them to succeed.
Thursday night was the BIG event… (insert drum roll here)… the White Coat Ceremony! It was such a blessing to be gathered together with family and friends to commemorate the beginning of our medical journey. I felt such camaraderie with my classmates and considered it a great honor to be sitting among them. The speaker was fantastic and genuine, as she welcomed us into the medical school, speaking from her own LLU SOM experience. Once everyone had received white coats, we stood in front of all in attendance; and as a class, we read the LLU Physician’s Oath. The phrase that stood out most to me was: “The wholeness of my patient will be my first consideration.” In one word, becoming a physician is all about SERVICE, which is highlighted in this statement.
Afterwards, we all took pictures (which was fun, but seemed to go on for FOREVER!). Here are a few of my favorites!
After the ceremony, a group of my closest classmates and our families went out to eat at Olive Garden. When the servers heard that we had just received our white coats, they brought us out a complimentary cake to celebrate!
On Saturday, a group of us went to one of the many churches in the area, Mt. Rubidoux SDA. After church, we attended a potluck hosted by one of the upperclassmen dental students. It was another great opportunity to eat and fellowship with both old and new faces.
Saturday night, we went out and experienced the wonder that is A La Minute. If you haven’t tried this place, you have never had real ice cream before! A La Minute is a little ice cream shop in downtown Redlands. Fun Fact: All of their ingredients are locally sourced. After perusing the menu, my friends and I tried the Salted Caramel. My rating: A+! Here’s a picture of it below.
Well, that’s all folks! This post is a little longer than I planned, but I had a lot to recap! Hopefully, you all enjoyed reading it.
Until next time…