Friday, October 7, 2011

Back to School

A little behind on the back-to-school update, I admit, but I thought I would just share how things are going in the first month and a half of school.

Well, this is my last year of school and I am definitely ready to be out. It's not that I don't enjoy school and learning - it is the fact that:
  1. I am a married man.
    • Out of the 60 people in my class, only two of us are married. Of course, the majority of the 58 think it is a little bit crazy to be married right now, but I couldn't be happier. It is just difficult when Kara is working full-time and I am in school. For starters, school used to be an 8:00am-10:00pm (and on the weekends) kind-of mindset, working on and off with breaks all throughout. But, being married, I now try to make it a 8:00am-5:00pm and try not to even think about school on the weekends when Kara is off work. It has been a tough adjustment, but it is definitely worth it because let's be honest - investing time in my marriage and wife is more important than reading for the next day's class.
  2. I am living way off-campus.
    • If you haven't heard Kara's perspective about living in Columbus, don't worry - I am sure it will come up in conversation soon enough. I actually don't mind living here - it is just the drive and the feeling that I really am not even part of campus. Instead of walking 10 minutes to class, I have to drive an hour each way (and I am not sure how long when it snows). The drive is beautiful - especially right now - all throughout Brown County, and it gives me some alone time just to think.
  3. I have full-time job already waiting for me.
    • Out of the 60 people in my class, I would say that less than 10 are even seeking a full-time job this fall since they have already accepted their internship job offers. Having that "in the bag" saves a lot of interviewing time, but trust me - it doesn't always serve as the best academic motivator. I am really excited for my job and the next stage our lives.
My classes are going really well, and this year I have some classes that I really enjoy going to because they are completely different than any other classes I have taken. But, after 5 years of finance and accounting, some classes are getting a little "academic". I remember Pastor Bob in Bloomington preaching one time that "academic" is now a substitute for the word "irrelevant". I now understand.

In 7th months, I will be graduating again. I am definitely trying not to wish the year away, because I know Kara & I will look back on this as one of the more exciting times of our lives together.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you didn't find my reflection too boring.


  1. 7 months seems like a long time now, but it'll just WHIZ by!!! Enjoy what's left of your college career. "Real life" will be around for your next 80 years!

    Love you!

  2. We're proud of you guys! Love you both...