Wednesday, May 31, 2006

More Graduation Photos

As more photos come in from various people who took snapshots throughout the weekend, I feel compelled to post a few more favorites.
Paul and me in front of the LLU Medical Center
James Lee, D.D.S., with lots of girls
Group of happy dental school graduates:
Cindy, James, Fred, Hye Ryeon, Jane, and Tyler

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Janie Lee = M.D.

The much-anticipated Graduation weekend has finally come and gone. One of the highlights, besides that of receiving my diploma on Sunday, was becoming a celebrity overnight. Well, perhaps I did not quite become a celebrity, but I must admit that somehow my photograph was published in the esteemed local newspaper, The Press Enterprise! Yes, it is difficult to believe. If you want proof, you can take a look at the article online with your own two eyes:
Here’s the full story. All of my classmates and I were lined up and impatiently waiting outside at 8:00 am on Sunday morning (5/28/06), waiting for our procession and the graduation ceremony to begin. Suddenly, my friends Helen Lee and Eunice Lee (we were standing in alphabetical order) noticed that a strange man with a large camera and an even larger lens was voraciously snapping photos of us. Uncertain as to what we should do, Helen and I instinctively posed and timidly smiled at the foreign camera that was looming in front of us. The man behind the black device abruptly looked up at us and stated, “One hint…if you want your photo in the newspaper, don’t look at the camera!” He proceeded to take out a pen and paper and asked us to jot down our name, age, and hometown. He told us that there would be a few graduates that he would be following and taking photos of throughout the day, and he hoped that our photo would make it on the front page of the newspaper.

I thought nothing more of it, until the ceremony was over and we were marching out. Suddenly, the photographer jumped out of nowhere and began to take dozens of photos of me. By this time, I was thoroughly covered in leis and an inflatable tube in the shape of a yellow duck. I could hear him mumbling to himself, “I love it! I love it!” I assume, in reference to the duck. Needless to say, a picture of the duck was successfully published in the “Local” section of The Press Enterprise.

Here is a picture of that famous Duck, along with his friend, Froggy!

Other than that, Graduation Day was an exhausting one. My School of Medicine Graduation went from 8:30 – 11:00 am, then we had a lunch party at my house from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, then I went to the School of Pharmacy Graduation until 3:00 pm, then I attended my brother’s School of Dentistry Graduation from 5:00 – 7:30 pm, and finally we had a dinner party at my house from 8:00 – 11:30 pm. That was what I would call a full day.

Although I was tired, I was happy for the chance to spend time with family and friends. And I cannot complain about the many gifts that people generously gave, including monetary ones (Korean family members really know how to give cash)! I was especially touched that my friend, Nyein, drove all the way down from the Bay area to attend my graduation! It was very nice to see her and to introduce her to my fiancé, Paul. She is the only one out of the seven girls who will be my bridesmaids who had never met Paul. Fortunately, she liked him and gave me her stamp of approval for me to marry him.
I was also extremely grateful for my cousin Curtis (shown on left), who was my unofficial photographer for the day. He is a sweet, talented, wonderful man (a very eligible bachelor who knows how to cook well) who gave of himself all day to take the 200+ quality photographs of my graduation.

I am especially thankful to my parents, who were so supportive and active in making that graduation day a success. They hosted both the lunch and dinner parties. They faithfully attended both graduations and ran back and forth to make sure that everything ran smoothly. My dad took his usual post as the unofficial videographer. I attribute my successful completion of medical school and all that I am today to to the love and support of God as well as my parents. I love you, Mom & Dad!

In conclusion, I must say that this weekend was successful in that I was officially granted the title "M.D.," deemed so by Loma Linda University. I have proof...the diploma is in my hands!

It is a bit strange to think that I am now a physician. I feel too ill-prepared, too unworthy, too naïve and inexperienced to be called a real doctor. This truly is the beginning of a new era in my life.

The Proposal

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James Sarasua proposes to Tara at our Senior Banquet (5/25/06)!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Graduation Weekend has Officially Begun

Last night (5/25/06) was our "Senior Banquet." One of my classmates, James Sarasua, took advantage of that opportunity to propose to his girlfriend, Tara. If I can ever figure out how to post videos on this Blogger site, I will show you a short clip of the proposal. =)

Above is a picture of me with Kar-Yee, Kar-Wai, Eunice, and Yuri, before eating the delicious Chinese food provided by University Catering at the Wong Kerlee Conference Room (which is where I plan to have my wedding reception on June 24, 2007). =)

Tonight (5/26/07) was the School of Medicine's "Hooding Ceremony," during which loved ones participated in "hooding" each graduating senior. Mom and Dad hooded me. =) It was a meaningful and lovely ceremony. Here are some more photos of the event.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Saying Good-bye to Student-hood

Yesterday I worked my final shift on my Emergency Medicine rotation, and I was filled with mixed emotions - joy, sadness, excitement, regret, anticipation, fear, amusement, and hesitation. As I reflect upon my last day of work as a medical student, I realize that I am now stepping out of a role that I proudly held for twenty-one of my years of life - that of a "student" - and timidly tip-toeing into another role that I will carry for the rest of my life as a "physician." Graduation Day for the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University (Sunday, May 28, 2006) is rapidly approaching, and I have a hunch that life will be very different as I enter into residency. Nonetheless, I know that the Lord will be by my side as I face sleepless nights and trying moments, for He has been by my side from the beginning.

With these words I initiate my first weblog entry. I have been contemplating starting a blog for a few months now - having been inspired by countless friends who have faithfully burned the midnight oil to keep their web journals and blogs updated - but I never had the courage to do it for fear that I would squander away my precious time posting thoughts and pictures. Nonetheless, I have finally made the decision to begin, although I am unsure what will come of this newfound interest. Feel free to stay posted for more of Janie's thoughts to come, although I will provide no guarantees on the quality, quantity, or frequency of these entries. Ciao. =)