Tonight I went to a pub in town to socialize for the first time with some of my new classmates, and it just solidified how ready I am to start medical school! I am ready to dive in and conquer my fear of the unknown, to hitch myself into a groove of routine, and to work hard to succeed. A surprising number of my peers just moved to the city days before classes start, and I was astounded! I have a lot of respect and admiration for those students, who are juggling so much right now while I sit here twiddling my thumbs and still out of my mind with anxiety about starting! Hearing their stories made me realize how fortunate I am to be fully settled and prepared for medical school. I have been waiting in excited anticipation for Monday to arrive, and I can’t believe it’s finally here! Over the past couple of days, I have felt tiny waves of nervousness washing over me – for the first time during my journey to medical school – but tonight I realized that we are all in this together. We are all new to this. We are all starting at the same point. We are all lost and unfamiliar to where to go and what to do. But we are a team of students, traveling through this journey – together – to become a team of doctors.