I came to Indiana University at the end of interview season, drove through an ice storm, and was burned out from traveling, however, IU's program easily sparked my interest and I knew immediately after finishing the day that I wanted to be a resident here. The quality of training offered due to a large program, diversity of patients and hospitals, and university settings are obvious advantages, but I was impressed by the integrity and approachable personalities of the staff physicians that I met through the day. From the program director to the chief residents, each person made me feel like I would never be a resident lost in a big program and that I would easily make good relationships with other residents, faculty mentors, and support staff. Now that I'm here, I can honestly say I have not been disappointed. Whether it's during morning report or daily rounds, I feel constantly surrounded by intelligent mentors who challenge me in a non-intimidating way and who inspire me to read and think critically. I feel inspired to teach those under me because I have encountered some of the best teachers at this program. The size of the program offers a good balance between autonomy and support as well as ensures that there are plenty of procedures available to gain experience. I am confident that the pathology that I see on a daily basis will prepare me for the day that I will be working on my own. Aside from medical education, Indianapolis has been a fun place to live. Not only does the city itself have it's unique set of restaurants, nightlife, and bike trails, but it is close to many other cities that make for fun day or weekend trips when you finally get a rotation where you have weekends off. It's a great feeling knowing that I made the right decision in choosing a residency program.