Sneha Patnaik

Find Sneha Patnaik’s display at the Christian Science Reading Room, 143 Sixth Street.

“I remember the day I found out. There was a ceremony for my grandma’s one year death anniversary. I opened the letter and told my mom and she was like, ‘Really, no way!'”

When I was applying for colleges, I was really nervous. I applied to the University of Pittsburgh’s guaranteed medical school program. I got accepted as one of less than ten people in our class.

I remember the day I found out. There was a ceremony for my grandma’s one year death anniversary. It’s when the mourning period ends in our culture. We had family over and it was a really auspicious day. The mourning was over and I found this letter. I opened the letter and told my mom and she was like, “Really, no way!” We all hugged and had tears of happiness. Then I came to Pittsburgh and made such meaningful friendships here.

You set a benchmark for yourself at a certain level educationally, personally, whatever, and you apply to different programs. Sometimes I didn’t get accepted. I heard from Pittsburgh last. It was the best one that I applied to. I thought that was crazy that up until now I didn’t see any hope and then it just ended up – you only need one, right? I ended up getting the best one and the only one that was left for me.

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