The following are thank you messages from School of Medicine students who have received support from the Alumni Association in some way.
“Pursuing a medical degree has been the most challenging yet rewarding experience I will probably ever encounter. I am the first and only person in my family to achieve this high of an education, and Loma Linda has truly been life changing in supporting this endeavor. The Alumni Association in particular has been such a blessing through their continued support to students like myself. My class and I have been blessed with treats after exams, access to a large library of free textbooks, and the gift of headshots for residency applications. But above all, the love, generosity, support, and mentorship shown by the Alumni Association truly exemplifies the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ. For me personally, this was shown by a gracious donation that will allow me to focus solely on my education, especially while my family faces financial hardship due to the coronavirus. By the grace of God, I would love to be in a position in the future where I can aid as many people as the Alumni Association has. Thank you so much.”
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, our family’s financial situation became very difficult when my wife’s hours were cut back at work. I was encouraged by Dr. Lamberton to reach out to the Alumni Association, and I did just that. I was beyond grateful when I received an email from Calvin Chuang with the wonderful news that they would be sending us funds to help our family meet our financial needs. We are beyond grateful and will not forget the Alumni Association and its contributors who were there for us in our time of need! Thank you.”
Jacqueline Chen ’20:
“I am so grateful for the Alumni Association for helping me get connected with an alumnus during our Celebration so that I could borrow the academic regalia. When I first matriculated into medical school, my grandmother told me that before my grandfather died, he had really hoped to see one of his kids become a physician — and although that didn’t happen, his granddaughter made it! With all the help and support my family has given me, I felt that the least everyone, but especially my grandmother, deserved was to be able to see me in the academic regalia at least once. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of alumni and the Alumni Association!”
Kayla Solstad ’20
“Thank you for all of your work in getting the regalia for our class celebration. I know that you put a lot of time and effort into obtaining these items for us. This was certainly not the celebration that I had pictured for the end of my time in medical school, but I was grateful to have had an opportunity to safely celebrate with classmates. It was so special to be able to wear the regalia for this unique celebration. Being in one of the live, distanced auditoriums, I could sense the excitement. We felt and looked like graduates, something that we did not think would be possible even days before. For me, I loved being able to virtually share the experience with my parents and family while in regalia. I know it was really special for them to see this celebration with me looking like a more traditional graduate. Having the regalia for that day allowed for me to take photos around campus. My parents were also thrilled that I would have that honor, as I am headed out of California for residency so would not otherwise have had that opportunity. Thank you again for all of your time and effort in ensuring that those of us celebrating in Loma Linda would have the appropriate regalia to wear for our celebration! Your generosity will not be forgotten!”
Alice Geng ’20
“Thank-you so much for helping us out with the use of your regalia! It made the whole weekend incredibly special. My housemate Jacqueline Chen ’20 used it to be with her family in Orange County and Zoom into the event, and I took my grad photos in it this weekend. Thanks again, and God bless!”
The Student Fund is a branch of the Student Affairs Council and part of the Alumni Association, LLUSM. Its activities are financed by your contributions and greatly appreciated by LLU medical students. For more information or to make a donation, please contact the Alumni Association at 909-558-4633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.