AU students get dressed up for Match Day

Friday, March 15, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Today was a big day for future medical students at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Match Day is when the students get matched with where they'll go for post-graduate training and they get all dressed up.

"This is such a big moment for every single person and whether you're happy, whether you're not, everyone deserves to enjoy this moment because we all worked so hard to be here," said Alyssa Blumenfeld, with Pediatrics Seattle Children's Hospital.

From tears, to hugs, to even some sick dance moves, these medical students dressed up as heroes and villains with one thing on their mind

"I pretty much was crying since the second the whole thing started," said Blumenfeld.

“Let me just get my letter let me get my letter and then I wanted to have my stage moment,” said Tahira West, with Advocate Health Care Pediatrics.

After Tahira West got her letter, she opened it in front of her family. The screams and smiles say it all.

"This was my number one choice so my heart was just pounding when I was opening the envelope," said West.

She's headed to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Illinois. She will be a few states over.

"I'm going to Seattle! And I could not be happier,” said Blumenfeld.

Seeing her first choice for pediatrics brought Alyssa Blumenfeld to tears.

"It took me a while to get into med school, it's been a lot of hard work to get here so for this to be, it still doesn't feel real," said Blumenfeld.

It was a different experience for everyone as they were handed the letter to their future.

"Blackout. No idea what happened, no idea at all but I'm so excited,” said Nathan Bekele.

"Your heart drops because you're so excited and you have no real idea where you're going to go," said Jose Puentes, with anesthesiology.

Jose brought his whole Avengers family to celebrate. They say it takes a village and today the people in that village got to share the spotlight.

"It's the only reason I got through these last four years," said Bekele.