July 31st, 2014
When I moved from Santa Barbara, CA, to Hershey, PA, my mind struggled to register the gravity of the situation, the momentous milestone in my life. Deep down, I believed that I was still on my cross-country medical school interview tour, far away from home in terms of distance, but only days away from completing a particularly exhausting vacation.
Therefore, it was a slap in the face when I saw something spectacular – the medical school Crescent building lit up in brilliant stripes of blue, yellow, and purple; the frolicking chipmunks; or the lush greenness everywhere – and I immediately thought, “I’m going to tell ____ once I get home. They would love to hear about it!” only to remember, “Hold on – I’m not going home. This is home.”
So this blog was inspired by you – my dear readers, family, and friends back in Santa Barbara, and other parts of the world as well. Since I may not be visiting Santa Barbara very often, I hope that this blog will help us keep in touch. It is my privilege to share the story of my journey – the adventure that awaits daring students at Penn State
Hogwarts Hershey College of Medicine.
And for those of you who arrived at this page hoping to figure out exactly why I named my blog the way I did, you may want to read about The Sorting Ceremony.
If you would like to send a private message to Homaira, please do so here.
Homaira is a first-year medical student in Hershey, PA, who follows the example of Anne of Green Gables in attempting to make mundane life sound more interesting.
***EDIT 6/30/2016: Fortunately, Homaira has passed all of her courses thus far and is no longer a first-year medical student.