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Phase 1: Complete

JC took his last final of undergraduate school on Thursday.
(He already has his BA, this was for post-bacc)


Next phase of life is here: 
personal statements, letters of recommend, MCATs, graduate level class, GREs, applications, and interviews all while squeezing in a first birthday and biking the coast.
It's going to be a long summer. 

We're anxious to leave C-ville.
I've been having dreams lately that none of the medical schools that JC applies to accept him. That would be tragic. We do have back up plans (if that does happen, but it wont). If he's not accepted anywhere: we'll move to California or Texas then wait a year so he can reapply to the schools there as in-state and increase his likelihood of being accepted.
Of course, this plan is only after moving to Africa to learn from Spirit Healers or going to medical school in the Caribbean.
I'm all for raising Hulk in the Savannah.
He could learn to wrestle crocks and outrun cheetahs.

On a more serious note, being in graduate school while JC is in medical school is going to be strenuous. We have a knack for taking something hard and making it grossly difficult. Date for two years? Check. Long distance marriage? Check. I think that those past experiences we've had are also stepping blocks to help us in the future. We understand how important it is to communicate with each other. We recognize that we are not great at communicating and it is something we are sincerely working on. There are two marriage quotes that I really like:

"Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home."
-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"I am satisfied that a happy marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well being of one's companion." - Pres. Hinckley

Both these quotes suggest taking time to serve your companion. It isn't enough to say, "I love you." You need to show it. As Elder Holland said in a BYU devotional, "real love is shown in the how." He goes on to say that most problems in marriage start in selfishness and true love blooms when we care more about the other person than about ourselves.
After our med/grad school combo - JC and I will be the most selfless couple ever.

1 comment:

  1. With the right attitude, willingness to adjust, and a sense of humor I'm confident (after a few tears) you'll do great! The lightning storms in Texas were great.