FINALLY.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Soundtrack for reading: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams


It finally happened. Friday, February 21st.

9:00 am: Got to work. Started feverishly working to avoid staring at my phone, mainly because I knew that the phone call for which I was so anxiously waiting could not possibly come before 2:30 pm.

12:00 pm: Ate lunch. Pretended I wasn't obsessed with checking my phone every 3 seconds.

2:00 pm - Went into the lab. Attempted to do extremely delicate procedures that required lots of concentration while simultaneously not looking at my phone or willing it to ring.

2:35 pm- Cursed at my phone.

2:45 to 3:45 pm - Proceeded to curse at every phone that rang or buzzed that wasn't my personal cell phone. Got really angry when my pharmacy called me. Resisted eating Girl Scout cookies. Hyperventilated to my office mate and anyone who would listen over Google Talk.

3:55 - Stress ate 5 Girl Scout cookies. Focused on not vomiting from anxiety.

4:04 pm - Answered the phone with an exhausted and defeated, "Hello?" only to be pleasantly surprised to find that the 4th year medical student who had interviewed me on February 7th was calling me. She tried to make small talk. I tried not to throw up.

And then she told me that I was accepted to Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine for the class of 2018 and I nearly fell out of my chair. She then proceeded to talk for a few minutes, but I'm honestly not entirely sure what she said because I think I was still in shock. I know I repeated variations on, "Thank you" about twenty seven times, and I'm 99% sure that I told her that she was my favorite person ever.

After I got off the phone, Kristin (my officemate) and I jumped up and down and hugged and made a lot of probably-obnoxious noise, and then I proceeded to tell everyone I knew, essentially. Some of my favorite responses were:

"YES YES YES YES YES! MAZEL ALL THE TOVS!" - Julie

Texted to me by Dr. Constance
"WHOO HOOOOO! Congratulations Dr. Alison! I can now feed the llama of excellence his treat for a job well done of carrying you into interview battle in all your glory. Excelsior!" - Dr. Michelle

Kristian: I am SO proud of you Alison. In a few short years I'll have the world's best doctor, and it's going to be amazing! PS- I'm starting team Dr. Toback now.
Jenn: JACKETS! We need jackets!
Victoria: I'm in.
T-shirts at the very least.

"Paging Dr. Wife!" - Ken

"Yayyyyy that's in New Jersey and not another state!" - Steve

"
I love you and I'm so proud and I am here to tell you TO do it. Even at my lowest point (3:30 am while on my 3rd q3 call that's on a Saturday) I've never regretted my career. Ever. Go get em!" - Dr. Constance


Posted to my wall by Jenn

"
WHOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alison just called me to say she has been accepted to Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine!!!!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for her!!! Jumping for joy - literally - but stopped long enough to type this message. I'm going back to jumping now!!! Yip, yip, yeehaa!!!!!" - Mom's Facebook status

Me:
ACCEPTED!
Pam:
YAY! And you thought this shit wasn't worth it, muhahaha.
Just stand there and bask in your wrongness, BUT also bask in the glory of med school. OMG so happy. You're gonna quit your job and have a med school!
Me: It's like having a baby, but way longer than nine months.
Pam: Haha, yeah, and paying up front. But please, keep being a role model.

Me: AHHHHHHHH I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!
Colleen: OMGOSIJDGFHSUo;ajlsfds... also my Jedi mind trick worked!
Me: Whoo!
Colleen: BUT YOU WIN! YOU WIN ALL OF THE TIMES

(Only moments earlier, I had been freaking out and Colleen said that she was trying to Jedi mind trick them into calling me. She also later called me and sang me a song about how I was going to be a doctor.)

Me: I GOT IN!
Levi: WHAT! YELLOWCAKE!
Me: ... yellowcake?
Levi: LOL, autocorrect. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

(And yes, now "yellowcake" is being used an expression of joy in my family.)


Basically, I have the best friends and family in the entire world. And I'm going to be a doctor!!!

That's all for today, I just wanted to share this with all of you. :)


- A


PS: Can we just talk about how Pharrell does NOT look 40??? Craziness.

8 comments:

  1. My favorite is "MAZEL ALL THE TOVS!" Congratulations!!!!

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  2. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Super duper excited for you. And always glad to have another person on hand for when my hypochondria gets out of control :)

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    1. Haha, you can always text me to ask if you are actually dying. :)

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  3. I've been lurking around here and reading your blog archives, but today, I come out of the lurking woodwork to say...

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    What wonderful news! Onward to medical school!

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    1. Hello there!! And thank you so much. :) I'm glad you've emerged from the shadows. I'll be checking out your blog(s) and I hope to see you around! Onward!

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  4. That is such great news! Real congratulations to you!

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