Happy birthday, Honey, we're moving to the Artic Circle!
Match Day is, to the pre-Match med student, a bit of a cruel joke. Who thought of the idea of putting a bunch of the most Type-A people around in a room to open a letter that decides the next 3-7 years? We, med students, are very calculating. We like to be in control. We like to weigh our options. We do not like to trust computer algorithms to decide our lives. Perhaps we should, since Drs. Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for creating the Matching algorithm.
This is what The Match feels like to me right now:
|The Med student Reaping|
|Katniss at the Reaping, The Hunger Games|
This is what I hope to feel like after The Match:
|Stanley Hudson, the Office|
To be clear: I hope to feel as happy as this guy. I don't necessarily want to feel like a large black man who works for Dundler Mifflin Paper Company. No offense, Stanley. I didn't mean that in a bad way.
Sorry, I'm not going to give you juicy details about which programs I liked or didn't like. I'm not going to tell you anything about the way my Rank Order List is coming.
But here's what I can tell you: the interview trail was a unique and overall, pretty fun experience. I saw many really truly amazing programs with really truly amazing people. I know I would be happy if I ended up at any of the programs I applied to. Because this is Pediatrics. And Pediatricians are super nice and friendly basically anywhere. I'm sure, yes, even above the Artic Circle.
Here's my To-Do list for this week:
1. Sleep in every day.
2. Take daily nap
3. Write in my book
4. Cook hubby dinner. Tell hubby every night not to get used to me cooking him dinner. Starting this summer, it's canned sardines every night.
5. Exercise. Pretend like I exercised more than once a week for the past 3.5 years.
6. Fine tune my incredible dance moves with Country Dance video game on my new Wii (yes, I just bought a Wii. I haven't played video games since the original Nintendo). And by incredible dance moves, I mean blinding dance moves. Like the sun. You really shouldn't look at my dance moves or you will burn your retinas out.
7. Watch all the educational shows I've been missing: Dance Moms, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Big Rich Atlanta, Real Housewives. See, TV is OK when you have standards.
8. Take a second nap.
9. See at least one friend in a social setting (for the socially-deprived med student, "social settings" are places that do not include lecture, class, clinic, hospital, hospital cafeteria, or anatomy lab).
10. Write a blog post. Check!