Now, I am so excited to introduce you to my friend and fellow GW Alum, Dr. Mimi Hamling! Dr. Mimi is a California girl hailing from San Diego and with the exception of a short pitstop in Mizzou, she is pumped to be headed to the Midwest to Cornhusker country where she will be completing her lifelong goal of becoming a Radiologist at the University of Nebraska! Similar to her favorite Marvel Universe Superhero, Spiderman, do not let Dr. Mimi’s small size deceive you as she is an extremely accomplished athlete, competing in Division 1 Tennis at our Alma Mater (GdUB), and can easily out bench press me. Like many of us, her road to medicine has not been easy but it has been worth it. Admirably, she initially was driven to the field due to the unfortunate passing of her baby sister as a stillborn, and wanted to become a physician so she could help find the answers to problems that others may not be able to. Despite the ups and downs of applying and rejection to US MD and DO schools, her faith in God has never wavered and she truly believes that the path of going the “Caribbean route” was the “path He provided for [her]”. As I am truly grateful to consider Dr. Mimi apart of my Island family, she speaks to the importance of this family to her journey. She acknowledges that “There’ll be times when you’re unsure whether you’re cut out for this journey, especially when living gets tough in a little island far from home. But that’s where your classmates come in...The support of the people in the same struggle and journey will be there for you the most because they understand the most. They know exactly what it’s like and know how it feels to accomplish goals.” Dr. Mimi and I were exactly four years apart in our time at GW so we never met each other during that time, but we did have quite a few mutual friends. I was so ecstatic when I found out that I had a fellow Colonial with me on this journey, and she has been a constant source of motivation, encouragement and inspiration during the past four years. Along with her faith in God, she has remained true to both her Korean and Caucasian roots, and in addition to her beautiful spirit, her passion for medicine and her unrelenting determination to never give up has led to her amazing success up until this point and will carry her long into an amazing future. I feel confident knowing that with Dr. Mimi I truly have a “friend til the end” and although it makes me slightly sad that her patients won’t get to directly see the amazing person that she is, I know that they will feel the impact of all that she will bring to the field of Radiology as she truly helps to change and save many lives.
Dr. Mimi with her equally awesome significant other and also future CornHusker, Dr. Quint Soto