First day of orientation at Des Moines University

Today was my first day of orientation at Des Moines University. It was a simple day, thankfully. Moving, unpacking, and living in a new place away from family has been stressful enough. We drove into Des Moines on Thursday and we are happy to be here. We are still getting used to the humidity though. That may take some time.

We were measured for our white coats today and took our pictures for our ID’s with them on. It was awesome and exciting to put that coat on and I have to say that I looked good in it. Just kidding. I and other students that I met while standing in line really enjoyed wearing them. As I reflect on the experience, I must ask myself what the white coat really means. Is it just an article of clothing to some? Does it represent research? Did it mean something to everyone there with me who was trying them on for size? To me currently, it represents finally being part of something that I have been striving to begin for a while now. It represents the culmination of my efforts to finish my undergraduate degree,
and study and take the MCAT test for a score that I could apply for medical school with. It represents the journey that my family is on currently. To me, it’s much more than just a coat. I know that its meaning will change and evolve for me throughout my time at DMU but for now, I am truly humbled by its personal significance to me.

So that’s deep. Now something a little more light-hearted. I am impressed at the organization in place with DMU that allows for new students to group up with existing students. They call it “Bigs” and “Littles.” I am a “little” right now (I know, don’t laugh) and my family was able to meet my “big,” Mitch and his wife and daughter yesterday. It’s great to already have a connection at the school to talk to and ask for advice on the first year as needed. In my second year, I will have the opportunity to do the same and be a big to someone else. I’m excited to be on the other end of it but thankful right now to have the connection in place for me.

This week will be full of short, informational classes with all the other first-year students in all of the programs. (DO, DPM, DPT, and a few masters programs) We have an intro class to Anatomy on Friday along with an Intro to Ultrasound as well. I’m so excited to get started!

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