Match Day is full of anticipation for the next generation of doctors, but one medical student never thought he would make it to this day.
MSU College of Human Medicine students, like other medical students all over the country, found out Friday where they'll go for their residency.
Around 60 Grand Rapids medical students ripped open envelopes all at once for the big reveal.
But Blake Lopez is a student who has a story unlike the rest.
“Didn't really go to school since kindergarten. Didn't even go to fourth grade ever. I dropped out when I was 15 as a freshman, with I think a 1.2 GPA,” Lopez said.
Although he was told he would never make it in school or accomplish the goals he dreamed, he was motivated to build a new life for both himself and his family.
“That moment where it actually became real, I was a little bit overwhelmed,” he said.
Lopez started out as an EMT, discovering medicine was the place for him.
Now, he's headed to New York–Presbyterian Hospital, which is affiliated with Cornell and Columbia Universities.
Thousands of students applied for the program.
It was Lopez's first choice, and he got one of the 10 spots.
“I want to be in there in the community," Lopez said. "I want to help people, but I also want to empower communities; help people that don’t have a voice or didn't have the upbringing to know that they can become something.”
Lopez said he applied to about 90 programs in total.
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