If your Match Day event is canceled because of the coronavirus, make the best of the situation by having a quieter but still festive celebration.

You’ve waited for it over the past four years: A celebratory day filled with friends, laughter, jokes, and funny (in retrospect) stories of how you made it through your toughest moments together. A day of rejoicing for the future and looking back fondly at the shared experiences that made you who you are today.

Except now, you might just be celebrating with your cat. Pop the champagne and bust out the feather toy—after all, most of your peers are also sequestered in their homes.

Match Day celebrations everywhere are being canceled due to the coronavirus. That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate, though. Here are a few ideas for quieter ways to celebrate!

Try a new recipe.

Been too busy studying to cook anything that takes more than ten minutes to throw together? Now’s your chance to try that new Thai or Cajun recipe you’ve been itching to check out. Be sure to choose foods that are great immune boosters!

Consider having a few close friends over for a dinner party if you feel comfortable doing so. Toast each other’s successes, share your feelings about the future, and tell stories about the friendships that helped you make it through your med school years.

Hold a video chat.

Using Skype or Google Hangouts, you can hold a video chat with up to ten people. Gather together in cyberspace with a few of your closest med school pals to reminisce about the past four years. Or, talk “face-to-face” with your parents or another relative you haven’t seen in a while. Take the time on this quiet evening to thank those who have supported and mentored you over the years, even if you don’t see them as often as you’d like.

Write letters to friends and family.

Since you can’t be with them all in person, use this time to write letters to the people you care about most. Think of those who have most influenced you over the years and those who have always had your back. Write them each a heartfelt letter expressing your gratitude for them and mentioning the special memories you’ve made together. Taking this time to reflect on all the people who have bolstered your growth will also help you feel more prepared for the next stage of your career!

Indulge in self-care.

Maybe you need a break from the social scene anyway, and you’re excited at the prospect of a night in with a good book. Give some of your closest friends a quick call to share the moment, then indulge in the self-care you need. Take a bubble bath, read that novel, or pop some popcorn and watch a movie you’ve been waiting to see to unwind from the stress of Match Week.

Whatever you end up doing, take pride in the tremendous accomplishment of completing med school. Now is the moment to bask in the feeling of success and know that your friends and family are incredibly proud of you!

On Friday, March 20—ALL DAY LONG!—join us for a LIVE celebration of the next step in your medical journey. Share your story of where you matched on Instagram and we’ll give you a shoutout—and you’ll have the chance to win prizes. Just tag yourself and mention us in your post. We’ll be drawing winners from all the students we shout out during the day.

We hope you’re as excited as we are—we can’t wait to celebrate Match Day with you!

 

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