Saturday, June 14, 2014

Graduation: Such a Personalized Experience

a deeply personalized experience, as you can see


I made it through Round One of my commencement ceremonies. I'd have to look at the program to tell you who it was who spoke, and I haven't a clue as to what he said. and I'm primarily auditory. The visual and tactile/kinesthetic processors  presumably remember even less. An open bottle was being passed up and down my row. I declined because my parents would have been mortified if i'd stumbled around through the recessional.

The recent mayhem in Isla Vista seemed to have cast a pall over what should have been a more joyous occasion. At least one who should have been among us was not there because of the incident.

I knew there was money involved in graduation with a perfect GPA,  finishing high in classes, and completing a rigorous curriculum, but I didn't realize just how much. I cannot be specific here, but the computer found me to be among the  very top graduates (not number one,  but not far  off) and I was rewarded generously with grants. Since the money is not needed to pay for med school, I'll use it eventually either to help start a practice or to help with the down payment on my first home. It's nice to know that the OCD/craziness/mania or whatever one might call it eventually paid off in a literal sense.

Tomorrow's graduation is expected to be less lucrative but less painful.






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  2. That song is perfect. Congratulations, Alexis!! Cheer's to the end of one chapter, and the beginning of a new.

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    1. Thanks, Becca. I thought the song was fitting, too. At my parish, on the mass closest to most of the graduations around here, the graduates are honored. I always play a Mozart-ized version of the song for communion that day. Most people don't recognize it, but those who do say it was a good choice. if my mom is there, she practically has a coronary.

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  3. Congratulations! The ceremony should be enjoyed for what it represents and to share it with those who continually support you.

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  4. The computer is not allowing me to place this response in the "reply" section following your comment. I hope you see it.

    I'm interested in knowing more about how pre-med, medical school, and internships and residencies work in the land down under. Are they essentially the same as in the U.S. with a bit of different terminology here and there, or is it a wholly diffferent experience?

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    1. Hi Alexis
      I'll reply to your email address.

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