ATLANTA -- Will they get to stay close to home, or start over in a new city?
Will they start a new program together with their fiancé, or have to continue their relationship on opposite sides of the country? The answers to these questions were sealed in envelopes laid out on a table at Emory Medical School.
Friday was Match Day.
All across the country, medical students had to wait until noon Friday to find out where they would continue their paths to becoming licensed physicians. The students visited residency programs all over the US, and ranked their choices. Then the programs picked according to those choices.
"It was like Christmas, it really was, my friends and I last night were saying this feels like the night before Christmas," Kevin Little said. "To be honest I didn't think I'd cry so much, I kind of lost it."
The students counted down to noon and then rushed the table. The shouts and screams happened as quickly as the time it took to tear open an envelope.
"I think it's one of those moments in life where I'm not sure it's actually happened yet, in an hour it will actually settle in," said Patrick Mulligan, who is engaged to Tua Long. "Ask us again in an hour," Long said.
The celebrations will probably go through the weekend, but come Monday, it's time to finish the last few weeks of medical school.
"It's very emotional for all of us," Dr. John Eley said. "We obviously care deeply for our students and the potential in their lives to help others."