Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Turn Of Events

So, here we are in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is 'second look weekend' for the medical students who are thinking about attending the school next fall. Jon has only been accepted to The University of Michigan, though he did at least get wait-listed at a few other schools. So, naturally, we assumed this is where we would be. We have been looking around at a few homes with a realtor and have decided to buy a condo instead of a house. We don't have anything picked out yet of course, it's a long, stressful process.

It is beautiful out here, the weather is nice (at the moment), and I think we would do well here. The people seem really great and the atmosphere is exciting! Jon's Aunt and Uncle live a little less than an hour away, and that should be a good thing for us, and probably for them. No one on our side of the family really comes up to visit them as everyone else lives in Utah... I feel bad for them.

We recently found out that Jon might be able to get into The Washington University in St. Louis. We aren't sure yet but if he can, it changes everything! We might actually have more of a choice on where to go. Washington University has a higher rating than Michigan, but both schools are great! Jon likes Ann Arbor better than St. Louis (I've never been to St. Louis, so I don't know), but he likes Washington a little better than Michigan. Though he really loves Michigan as well. It's hard for me, because I've seen it here in Michigan and have seen a little of the school too, but I have no idea what St. Louis is really like! We are thinking that we are going to see who will give us better financing to help us decide. It's overwhelming. I don't know how I feel. I can't decide where I want to be, where we should start raising our family. I know he will do well at either school... There are just a lot of pluses and minuses to consider....

On another note, being here in Ann Arbor and meeting some of the people that Jon will be going to school with has been really fun and interesting and even a little sad. We went to a dinner last night with about 10 or so other people. Some of the people haven't started medical school yet (Mo), and there were a few people that were in their 1st and 2nd years of school (M1 and M2). It was such a weird feeling to be there. We had dinner and some people had wine. After dinner they offered out beers that are supposed to be really good. By the end of the night, everyone had had a beer except for us. It was such an eye-opening experience. I had heard a lot about the 'bubble' that Utah is in, and I really understood how much that is true last night. I like being outside of the 'bubble'! It feels real! I can't explain it better than that, but I like it!

Also, it really made me sad to be with other people here, even some of the married LDS couples that we met. It made me REALLY wish that our dear friends Erick and Kira were going to be with us, that we could all go to the same school. I am going to miss them so much and it really hit me so much last night. I am really going to try super hard to make sure that we don't loose touch. There are so many things I love about them, including the many ways that they are so similar to Jon and I. I love them so much and I am going to miss them dearly. We love you guys!

We'll keep you updated on what we find out on Monday. Until then, Ciao!!


  1. Oh my gosh! How exciting! Well, if you decide to come visit St. Louie, let me know, so we can catch up! The 'Utah Bubble" experience, really is eye-opening, isn't it? The good thing about that is, you have a TON more opportunities to share the Gospel, which I totally love! Good luck in figuring out the right school! Although, my vote is on WashU, ;) I know you'll make the decision that best suites your needs, and the school the Lord wants you to go to.

  2. That's so great, you guys! Congrats on everywhere you get accepted and good luck wherever you go.