PA School: Graduation-itis

white coat ceremony

Spring is here and as I sit outside listening to the birds chirping I can’t help but think how excited I am for summer, and the many changes those months will bring about for my family:

  • I will start and finish the last phase of physician assistant school.  Phase 3 of PA school means working in a clinic 40 hours a week for 8 weeks.  Then graduation!  I cannot believe it is almost here!  Yipee!
  • We are moving into much nicer housing.  I’m dreaming of a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, an ice maker, a garage….any one of the above would be a step up.  So we are super excited about the possibilities!  I wish we were moving into a house, but we just need to take it one step at a time.  I keep telling myself to be patient.
  • My husband will be transitioning jobs, which is very exciting. 
  • I’ll be done paying for school tuition.  Tuition: $80,000   Not ever paying tuition again: Priceless.  At least until one of us decides to get a PhD, or until we start paying for our children s tuition one day.

The expectation of all of these changes have given me an annoying disease.  I am developing graduation-itis!  I am also beginning to enjoy more free time again, like life before PA school started.  And guess what?  It feels so good!

It is like everything I have been learning in PA school is finally starting to stick in my head and stay there.  It has been a slow, yet very fast, process.  I can see how gradually my confidence has become stronger and stronger and my knowledge deeper and deeper over the last 2 years.  I still have much to learn, but that is the fun part about medicine.  There is always something new to be discovered.

To all those in PA school…hang in there!  It gets so much better!  Keep studying.

To all those eager to get accepted into PA school…hang in there!  Your time will come!  Keep working on those experiences.

I’m off to read a book.  For fun!  (gasp)




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  1. Emily Boothe says:

    Sara!! I am so glad you are getting close to being finished and getting back to some more free time! It does feel so good to read a book for fun while listening to the birds!

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