As is the tradition with every entering Medical School class, we had the Summer 2014 White Coat Ceremony. This time around was different than when I received my white coat back in September 2013. This time I was in the audience with the friends and family of the new matriculants watching through a completely different set of lenses. New students being welcomed as Physicians-in-Training and fifth semester students who have demonstrated academic excellence were inducted into the Alpha Omega Phi Honor and Service Society. To be eligible for this honor, students must have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 85 and participated in service learning at AUC and/or in the local community!
Some friends were being inducted into the Honor & Service Society and a group of us went to cheer them on. Seeing my friends and fellow colleagues being recognized for a job well done motivated me to dig deeper and push myself harder. I am so proud of them and their accomplishments. Not only are they great students, they are all around good people who will make caring, compassionate physicians. They inspire me to continue to shoot for the moon because even if I fall short I will land amongst the stars.
Congrats guys, you rock!
In true student fashion, we are always looking for an excuse to get away from the books for an impromptu celebration and this was a great occasion to do so. We finished our first week of school and our friends were recognized for being at the top of their class, win-win.
After the White Coat ceremony, we skipped the school sponsored dinner & party and headed out to a restaurant called Rancho, a steakhouse with live entertainment. They are next door to a Mexican restaurant called Tequilla and you have the option to order food and drinks from either menu. Between two restaurants' menus everyone was able to find something they liked. Rancho was open air style like many here in St. Maarten but still felt cozy. It was the perfect spot for a night out! The fresh baked bread, drinks and appetizers were so delicious that after the starters and drinks almost everyone needed a to-go bag. This was my first time there but I would definitely go back again.
Good food + Good company=Good combination.