[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] AUGUSTINE MK CHOI: Well, I'm most honored to welcome all of you to our Cornell Medicine and to share this very special occasion. When you put on your white coats for the first time today, you'll be joining a very noble profession. Congratulations, and best of luck as you embark on this new phase of your lives.
HEBA SHAABAN: My name is Heba. And I'm from Brooklyn, New York. I'm feeling excited. I'm really happy that my family's here. I actually started volunteering here when I was in my sophomore year. So I feel like I've been at Cornell for a while. And I feel like it will really be an incredible place to study.
TANMOY DAS LALA: I'm Tanmoy Das Lala. I go by Tom. Originally from India. Prior to coming here, I was actually working in financial services and management consulting. And then there were a couple of shadowing opportunities that I did in transgender youth clinics, and that completely changed my life. And I wanted to switch gears and do medicine.
JULIANNA KOSTAS: I'm Julianna Kostas. And I'm from Boxford, Massachusetts. I'm really looking forward to exploring the different specialties during my clerkships and really seeing what's out there and what's the right fit for me.
GANIAT ALAKIU: My name Ganiat Alakiu. I go by Renew. I'm from Houston, Texas. I went to college at Columbia University. So I chose Weill Cornell Medicine because of the dedication to a diverse community. I went to undergrad here, so I'm very familiar with all the opportunities I have to give back to the community, as well as to really hone in on what kind of physician I want to be. And I think Weill Cornell Medicine was the best place for that.
JIN PYON: My name is Jin Pyon. I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. And I went to undergrad at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Choosing Weill Cornell was a really easy option for me. I really wanted to engage in research that had a human-focused. And at Weill Cornell, it's very obvious that's at the forefront. And there's so many amazing opportunities for us, as students, to benefit from.
CHIMSOM ORAKWUE: My name is Chimsom Orakwue. And I'm from Houston, Texas. As immigrants from Nigeria, I grew up in communities where oftentimes we were underserved. So to be able to be part of the change, something that is so special to me and that I will carry with me every single day.
TAHJ BLOW: My name is Tahj Blow. I'm from Brooklyn, New York. Coming to Weill Cornell is a opportunity for me to learn how to be a physician who understands the best ways to be there for my patients. And the mentorship that I'm really excited to engage with here is something that just gives me a lot of hope for really, really strong four or more years at Weill Cornell.
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