Student Life

“One of the first things I quickly learned at UCSF was that I am surrounded by brilliant people who carry massive achievements under their belts.

For UCSF graduate students, the question “What do you want to do after you graduate?” is not a simple one. Many of us enter into graduate school with the intent of becoming PIs, but that goal does not always last.

Over a hundred people squeezed into a packed auditorium Thursday, for what has been called “the closest thing UCSF has to a football game,”the UCSF Grad Slam competition.

Match Day is the culmination of the long residency application process that fourth year medical students (MS4s) began last September. This year, it falls on this Friday, March 18, so beware the packs of MS4s that are sure to be celebrating throughout the city.

“Even though UCSF was my first choice for medical school, the decision to come here was a difficult one. I was raised in an Iranian-American, Jewish community and grew up attending all-girl Orthodox schools.

“Becoming more aware and appreciative of the beauty in nature has been one of my favorite things about moving to California. On every trip I tell myself I'm going to get outside more.

“How do you make a movement sustainable with drastic change?”

“I have recently found myself at a curious intersection between privilege and disadvantage.

"The foggy summer in the Sunset was a difficult transition for me at first. I felt completely overwhelmed adjusting to the city and academics. It wasn't long before the fog cleared, and I met and fell in love with my boyfriend Prince.

Somewhere around 6 a.m. the other morning, I stood at the kitchen counter, bleary-eyed and in nothing but briefs, steam rising around me.