So yesterday we got a trolley and danced and cheers'd all night long and it definitely goes down as one of the happiest memories I will cherish forever. We are done being interns, a bittersweet moment to me. Sure, there was tons of emotional stress this year - long days at work, frustrating moments whether it be about a microwave or a difficult patient, and yes, a few tears. But it was outweighed by so many joys. I learned so much this year about medicine and that excites me because I'm not going to lie, medical school kinda sorta crushed my intellectual soul in some ways. I made friends who complained with me when I needed to vent, ate food with me when I need company, texted me words of encouragement when I felt like I wanted to quit. Seeing my co-interns at work gives me so much joy, plus they eat my cookies and give me hugs and high fives, and we all could use more of that anyways. These beautiful people feel like family even though I've only known most of them for just one short year.
I was talking to one of the attendings the other day, and we talked about intern year. And she brought up a point that has stuck with me since that conversation. Intern year is something I will never forget, loved dearly, but at the same time, I'm ready to move on. It's somewhat a rite of passage; an important, special stage of a doctor's life but also a year you don't necessarily ever want to repeat again. This rings true for me. So while I will likely be a little sappy and wistful in the next two weeks, I am also so excited for second year. First year, we learned how to work hard, be efficient, and get things done. This year, we'll learn how to be leaders, make more decisions. It will be such a different type of learning, but both years are necessary to make you into a great doctor. Safe to say, I'm pumped. Let's do it!
Today I sit in my couch, mildly hungover and belly full of potatoes and eggs (thanks Andrew), and I am full of emotion. Tired from a year of hard work and from staying up far too late celebrating last night. Thankful for my co-interns, my old friends and my new ones, for Andrew and my family always. Nervous and excited for the next year. Happy. I am happy.
So here are some photos from last night just for fun! We convinced the trolley driver to brave the terrible traffic of Michigan Avenue to bring us to The Bean because everyone has a little bit of Chicago tourist in them. I love how they turned out!
Happy Saturday, stay hydrated, and do something extra delicious and fun today!
My IU crew! ♥️♥️♥️ I am so happy we get to experience residency together.