In a week, I will be an "only child" again for the first time since 1998. I cannot believe that Evan is heading off to college and I am thrilled that he is attending Pitt-Johnstown to start. The Pitt family legacy lives on and I'm so excited that he is excited about his coursework.
I think the hardest part for my parents is letting my brother and I fly on our own knowing perfectly well that we will inevitably make stupid mistakes. Plenty of them. I'll have my phone ready to take calls when Evan is freaked out the night before classes start (because that happens to everyone), I'll be ready to explain the Krebs Cycle for General Biology 1, and I'll be the first to drive him crazy if he gets behind. I'll also be there when he just wants to talk college or life. I really think the time apart will make us even closer.
Evan is majoring in Biology on the pre-medicine track at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ). He has an apartment and a packed semester of 17 credits ahead. Ah that Pre-med life!
As for me, this semester will straddle junior and senior year, as I'm a half semester behind due to the Mayo disaster. Minor will be done this fall, my major will probably be done in the spring, and my certificate will probably be done in December 2018. I can't believe I'm about 30 credits from my undergraduate graduation. I've had to look at college as a block of 7-12 random credits at a time. I couldn't plan ahead. My health is/was so unpredictable. It wasn't until I looked at my official transcription the other day that I realized that I am so much closer to my goal than I thought. Crazy how that works honestly.
I've finally allowed myself to believe that I will graduate from undergrad and that graduate school for Disaster Relief, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security will be a reality. I know what I want to do now for the first time in a long time and whether God intends for me to walk flat footed again or not, I can have a job in the field regardless. I've finally broke through that mental wall and that is huge!
I am a 20 year old junior at the college of my dreams. I am studying Emergency Medicine and Communication Rhetoric and minoring in the Administration of Justice and National Preparedness and Emergency Management certificate. At some point, I want to go and get my paramedic certification when my health allows. I have several chronic illnesses and this blog and website serves as a place for me to share my journey fighting CRPS and my other conditions. I hope that this blog can also serve as an outlet for raising awareness for rare diseases. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment; I'd love to know what you think!