"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers"

11:18 PM

Author | Andrea Knittel

While I'm optimistic that the end of my interview trail will not parallel the end of Blanche from Streetcar Named Desire, I nonetheless feel that, at least right now, I am wholly dependent on the kindness of friends, family, and even some strangers. I'm writing this post from dearest Ruti's living room, having stayed with my sister last night and a gracious UM alum the night before*. In Boston I stayed with a med school classmate, and an old friend in Seattle. I've got friends lined up for many of the rest of my interviews as well, and I feel incredibly grateful at their willingness to pull out their air mattresses, unfold their couches, and make up their guest rooms for me. I'll be working to balance my karmic withdrawals by hosting some applicants interviewing at UM back in Ann Arbor. I can't say thank-you enough to all of these folks who have made the first half of the interview trail that much more hospitable. Don't hesitate to call if you find yourselves in Ann Arbor. Thanks!

*The Office of Alumni Relations runs an impressive hosting program that connects interviewing fourth years with UMMS alumni across the country. I've only used it once so far, but was thrilled with it. Yay for having a gigantic alumni network!

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