By Josh Katzowitz, WCI Content Director
Sometimes, it’s fun to watch other people have fun, even if they’re just opening envelopes on a certain Friday in March. I discovered that last year when I was stuck in a cramped hotel room outside Heathrow Airport, unable to return to the US from London because of my positive COVID diagnosis.
Aside from eating enormous quantities of fish and chips and watching airplanes take off from the runway and trying to guess where they were going, I passed the time during my quarantine by watching fourth-year medical students on Match Day learn where they would spend the next chunks of their lives.
This year, most people who posted their Match results on social media were in a celebratory mood. They either matched at their top choice or they had successfully navigated the process with their significant other. Others shared their disappointment. Still others reflected on their twisty-turny journeys.
Last year, I had fun putting together a post that showed other people having fun during Match Day, and I wanted to do it again in 2023.
Here were some of the best tweets I found from this year’s Match Day celebrations (and if you're only looking at this in your email inbox, you're going to need to click on one of the above links so you can fully experience the tweets in your browser).
First, the joy (and gratitude).
Dad— you were the first person to tell me I could be a doctor. Well guess what?
— Samantha Palma (@SamPalma_) March 13, 2023
— Taufiq Sayibu, MD (@TaufiqTareeq) March 13, 2023
From homeless and just barely passing grade school, to future physician. The feeling is surreal. Grit and hard work always pays off.
— Hakeem R. Oufkir (@HakeemROufkir) March 13, 2023
I’m going to be a neurosurgeon @CedarsSinai!!! I’m so excited for this amazing new journey with some amazing people. Thankful for everybody who helped me get here, CHILDHOOD DREAM COME TRUE! #neurosurgery #Match2023 pic.twitter.com/rY69ttPNzv
— Shane Shahrestani, PhD (@ShaneTheShah) March 17, 2023
Some soon-to-be medical school graduates were in the middle of a therapy session when they discovered the news.
I MATCHED! I’m really going to be a psychiatrist! Just a Black girl from Warrensville w/ big dreams & a bigger God… defying all odds! 😭 Yes, I opened this w/ my therapist & yes, I had to cut before I started weeping #Match2023 #PsychedForPsych #PsychTwitter #BlackGirlMagic pic.twitter.com/mf6nTXDO8V
— Joselyn Hines (@PagingDrHines) March 13, 2023
Some were in the middle of a difficult Peloton workout (meaning their labored breathing wasn’t solely due to their nervousness).
— Gabby Librizzi (@Gabby_Brauner27) March 13, 2023
Some marked their accomplishments with a permanent reminder.
— Emma Parolisi (@NeuroSpiceLatte) March 15, 2023
Some discovered that, really, the fourth time is the charm.
#Match2023 #SOAP23 I FINALLY SOAPED INTO EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND ACCEPTED MY OFFER. I never thought that this journey will finally be wrapped up and I can’t wait till I give back. @awsumpowers @monetizeddreams @GamerEMDoc y’all made this dream a reality by creating space for it🏼 pic.twitter.com/0zdAnfrP1u
— Jamal, MD (@abooodjamal) March 17, 2023
I matched on my 4th try.
*PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP*#Match2023
— Sana H. (@Sanastunna) March 15, 2023
4th time applying and 4 years later,
I Matched to Internal Medicine.
Going unmatched is a step in your journey, not a barrier to it, remain persistent.
— Abdul Hakim Almakadma (@HMakadma) March 13, 2023
Some became trailblazers.
My first job was a certified nursing assistant at 17 years old in 2014.
Today on March 17th, 2023 I was blessed to be selected as the first African American female neurosurgery resident to train at @VUMC_Neurosurg .#Match2023 #Neurosurgery #BlackGirlMagic pic.twitter.com/4tizYmzDpB
— Tamia Potter (@PotterTamia) March 17, 2023
Some underplayed their delight.
— sahitya raja (@sahitya_raja) March 17, 2023
Some went big with the celebration.
— Abdulai Bangura (@ABangura_Med) March 17, 2023
Now, for some more wholesome celebrations.
— Gehna Kishore (@gehnaak) March 13, 2023
— Hali Peterson (@_halip) March 17, 2023
— Natalia Sanchez, M.D. (@NatSanchezMD) March 17, 2023
Sharing my “reveal” video as tribute to my people- especially my parents who married at 18, had little $$, endured multiple hardships, & worked endlessly to give me every opportunity. My dad’s reaction says it all🥺 Here’s to the heroes behind the scenes💛 #MedTwitter #match2023 pic.twitter.com/fyiW7CzivJ
— Stephanie Saey (@SaeyStephanie) March 19, 2023
I MATCHED Emergency Medicine at my #1 @ACMCEM !!! Elated if you can’t tell!! Headed to Chicago! 💃🏾💃🏾Can’t wait to meet my co-residents! #EMbound #Match2023 #MedTwitter #FemInEM 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/A0GVmjLaZ4
— Ehitare Emuze, MS (@traumaBae) March 17, 2023
Of course, we know not everybody got one of their top choices, and we know some people didn’t end up matching or scrambling at all. Their lives have been displaced, and some people were quick to recognize that—and to sympathize.
Loving everyone’s #MatchDay posts. If you are not happy today, your feelings are valid. But please know that things work out for the best & you will find a path to happiness & success ✨
— Maria Sheikh, MD MPH (@MariaSheikhMD) March 17, 2023
Congrats everyone who matched and it’s not the end of the world if you didn’t. You will do other great things until next match day. #Match2023
— 🎗مــلاك عــابــد الثقفيMalak Abedalthagafi (@MalakAbed) March 17, 2023
And one last video of jubilation and tears until the process begins again 12 months from now.
— URochester SMD (@URochester_SMD) March 17, 2023
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Money Song of the Week
I still remember a birthday present I received while in third grade, probably one of the best gifts I've ever gotten. It was a cassette tape of Hysteria, the album that would push Def Leppard into the stratosphere and make it one of the most successful rock bands of all time (subsequently, the five-some from Sheffield, England became my favorite band for the next 4-5 years). It’s pure pop metal, and it still moves me. Yes, nearly 40 years later, the album, with its astounding amount of post-production (weird robot noises and all), sounds stuck in the 1980s, but that hasn’t stopped songs like Pour Some Sugar on Me from living on in karaoke rooms and gentlemen’s clubs ever since.
That was the last Def Leppard album I truly enjoyed. Hysteria, despite its rounded edges, is still pretty great. The prior three albums from Def Leppard are more in the style of “new wave of British heavy metal,” and those are still the ones I like the best.
Today, let’s talk about the deep cut, On Through the Night, which shares the same name as Def Leppard’s 1980 debut album but which actually appears on the band’s second album, 1981’s High ‘N’ Dry. It seems to me that this song is about a young rock band trying to make its name, scraping and scrounging to make enough money on tour to keep the show on the road.
As the lyrics read:
“Your wheels ain't turning, you're out of gas/You pay by check but they take cash/Two roads ahead but which to take/And you can't see it's your mistake.
They're waiting for you, they're waiting for me/And what seems like eternity/It's all tradition, they'll get you yet/In rock and roll, there's no safety net.”
Even though Def Leppard hit major success with its third studio album, 1984’s Pyromania, the band, because it had accrued so much debt throughout its first decade, didn’t actually start making major money until four years later (!) thanks to Hysteria.
As Def Leppard started making music in the late 1970s, the members were still living with their parents and earning £10-£15 a week at various day jobs. They had to buy their instruments on credit, and as singer Joe Elliott recounted to This Is Money, “Sometimes, at the end of a long day, we would buy one pint [of beer] and sip from four straws so we could afford the bus fare home.”
Elliott learned some money lessons along the way (keep in mind, the band is probably earning more today, more than 35 years after its big hits, thanks to their co-headlining tour with Motley Crue in 2022 that earned $173.5 million).
For instance, Elliott learned investing £100,000 into an English sports bar 20 years ago was a terrible idea (he lost it all). But building his own recording studio for £500,000 “has saved millions of pounds in costs over the years.” Elliott also forgoes the stock market, and he’d rather put his money into real estate investing. He also, somehow, has a pension.
“I do not invest in the stock market—it is a roulette wheel I do not want to play,” Elliott, who might need a lesson on index funds, told This Is Money. “I would rather buy a house and rent it out. I prefer bricks and mortar. I do have a pension. When we signed our first record deal when I was 18, we had a lawyer who made sure we started a pension that same day. We had our feet up on the boardroom table, drinking whisky, smoking cigars and I remember saying: ‘What, a pension? Hang on, we are not even 20 years old.' Personally, I forgot all about it until told I could take it out at 55.”
Even for a guy who’s presumably a millionaire many times over, the equivalent of finding a $20 bill in your pocket that you forgot about is a pretty sweet (from my head to my feet) deal.
Tweet of the Week
We’ve already featured about 20 tweets, but one more won’t hurt.
Slow labor mkt
High(ish) unemployment rate
0% interest rates
Booming stock mkt
Booming labor mkt
Low unemployment rate
Higher interest rates
OK stock mkt
— Ben Carlson (@awealthofcs) February 24, 2023
What was your favorite part of your own Match Day experience? Would you have changed anything with the way you ranked your residency programs? Comment below![Editor's Note: For comments, complaints, suggestions, or plaudits, email Josh Katzowitz at [email protected].]