“You can’t be afraid, Sarah. I know your oral exam feels like the biggest thing in your life right now, but it’s just another step. Be confident! You are passing! You work hard. You are powerful. Don’t give your power away to anyone else. How can they believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself? You are strong. This is a piece of cheesecake!”

Orals: Monday, April 20, 1 p.m. 

Pep talk: Kexin Xu, Tuesday, April 14, 9:35 a.m.

Celebratory dinner: Cheesecake Factory, Monday April 20, 7 p.m.