Dear Class of 2013,

Dear Class of 2013-

Here we are, half-way up MPH mountain with 12 full months behind us, and a mere, piddling, inconsequential 12 more to go.  But seriously, the view is great.  Really, really great.  We are all in pretty good shape (except for Melanie, who broke her ankle but in actual fact she did this at home, on her own time, and not on MPH mountain).   At any rate, we’re all still standing (except for Melanie, of course).  Did I mention that during our slog we have given birth to three whole babies (with two more on the way)?  And that one of us has gotten betrothed?  And maybe 5 or  6 of us have taken on new, more challenging jobs?  While taking biostats?  Yes, we have been extremely, awesomely productive.

Now that we have wowed you, we thought we’d offer up some (hopefully) helpful tips as you set out on your own climb.    To wit:

  1. Just wondering: do you know the Serenity Prayer?
  2. Okay, the program is truly what YOU make of it, so just do the work – to the standard of your own internal barometer.  Don’t expect others to set the bar for how much you will get out of the program.
  3. Don’t hesitate to network within the Mailman community – with classmates, professors, and even faculty you don’t take a class with.  The Mailman family is very welcoming – become a part of it.
  4. Re time management:  1) focus on it and 2) forget about it, you’re already overbooked.
  5. Grades do not matter!  You are here for something way more significant and meaningful than grades!
  6. Likewise, don’t stress about who will be the class reps, or if you will ever love your iPad (you will), or if you don’t love the food, or if you prefer Rosenfield over Russ Berry – in short, don’t sweat the small stuff.  Remember why you’re here.
  7. However, if you do happen to get an A, resist the urge to lord it over your teenager.
  8. Ask for help – turn to your classmates with abandon.  They are the ones who truly understand what you’re going through.
  9. Raise your hand , speak up, ask questions, be provocative.  Your honest point of view  – no matter what it is – will enrich the classroom experience for everyone.
  10. Be open to the differences in your classmates.  Don’t write anyone off because you don’t see eye to eye, or you discern fundamental differences in your outlooks, goals, or motivations.  If we’re really going to make the health care system work better, we need to work better together.
  11. And  finally, from the inimitable Jason, please remember that, “whenever the complexity of the US healthcare system becomes too much, just take a step back and say to yourself: ‘by refusing all medical care, Christian Scientists in the US live almost as long as the average American.'”

We’ve already noticed (and commented to each other – oh yes, we talk about you) that you are an extremely warm and friendly group. Please don’t hesitate to ask for our help or our thoughts on anything that comes up.  We wish you a successful, rewarding and fun journey!

Sincerely,

Class of 2012

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