Catherine Ha ’13, 2018-19 recipient of Wellesley's Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship

It was a surreal experience to put the coat on and take the Hippocratic Oath with my family as witnesses. I will be the first doctor in my family and the first to attend graduate school with the gift of the Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship. 

I have been pinching myself every so often wondering if this is real life. It has been an emotional experience just thinking about how my parents’ decision to immigrate with essentially nothing and open a tailoring shop resulted in a chance for me to attend Wellesley and pursue such a special career. I’m excited to get started – I have signed up to volunteer at our free student-run primary care clinic (CoSMO) and the P&S Asylum Clinic to help medically evaluate those seeking asylum in the US.