“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
The Class of 2017 received their white coats after finishing their hundredth and final exam of the non-clinical years. The ceremony was held in an auditorium at Worcester Technical High School because there was no venue at Tufts was large enough to accommodate such a large crowd! It was the first time that I had attended a white coat ceremony of any kind. I was really proud of my friends from the year above mine. After a lot of hard work and countless hours spent in the classroom and library, they finally graduated to clinics and the whole new set of challenges that await them.
I am generally not a fan of pomp and circumstance, but this was a very nice ceremony. It is unclear how I will look back at clinics given that I have not even started them, but the student from the Class of 2016 chosen to welcome the Class of 2017 to clinics began her speech with the introductory passage from A Tale of Two Cities, supposedly implying a love-hate relationship with clinics. I really liked her words of wisdom to the soon newbies in the clinic. She may be finishing up what was a grueling year but one that is critical for the development of any aspiring veterinarians-to-be. After she and and a professor offered some words of advice, the students finally were called one by one to receive and don their fresh coats. I look forward to being in their shoes in less than a year!