A lot of people seem to be curious about how PA School works while being married. I have to admit, this question always catches me off guard. I think a lot of people believe that being married during PA School is too stressful and hard on the relationship, but I have found quite the opposite to be true. I think being married makes PA School even easier!
1. You have a constant support system. I can’t tell you how many times I have come home from classes and I just needed a huge hug from my hubby. He also keeps me grounded. When I start freaking out about exams he gently reminds me of what is really important and how to look at the bigger picture.
2. You have a patient to practice on 24/7! Dennis has been subjected to so many exams, and he is always more that happy to help. He always tells me, “do whatever you need.” Unfortunately for him that means getting his blood pressure checked 20 times in a week and his reflexes checked over and over again (and you don’t always hit the right spot the first time around….).
3. There is someone there to pick up the slack. A lot of priorities get shifted while in PA School, and I am so thankful I have someone at home who can wash the dishes or start a load of laundry.
4. Marriage means you get to share the PA School experience. I usually practice my oral exams on Den, and the other morning at breakfast he started telling our friends about all the different types of strokes and the pathophysiology behind them. I sat there smiling and totally amazed at what he had just learned.
5. It’s just awesome. I love being married and I love PA School. Putting the two together just makes life more fun.
Don’t believe everything you hear. You can have a life while in PA School and you can be married during PA School. Everything and everyone does not get sacrificed. Priorities do shift, but you find a new balance (and maybe a better life balance). If you and your spouse are committed, than this is just another step in the journey and I think you will find the adventure is quite worthwhile.
If you liked this post check out my other post on marriage and PA school: here.