Sunday, February 28, 2010

Smarty-Pants

Making education a priority in our lives has definitely began to pay off. I am proud of Jon for continually improving his grades and having a strong desire to provide for our family. I am proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone and applying to graduate school and for setting some new educational goals.

Today in church there were some speakers who discussed preparation in our lives: temporal, educational and spiritual. In terms of education they talked about getting an adequate education to provide for our families and to especially make it a priority while we are young. It is difficult to go back to school later in life- I am glad Jon and I have the opportunity to do it right now.

I am also thankful that we go to such a good and yet affordable school. A professor of mine was talking to me the other day about how students at BYU are different from students at other institutions. It is not just religion, but the work ethic and drive. He explained that BYU students are at school for the sole purpose to get an education (not the "college experience," or simply because that is what you are "supposed" to do). He said that BYU students go to school and get to work. Additionally, a lot of BYU students work for their education and pay their own way. I think that adds to the dynamic. Not to mention many get married or plan on starting families soon, which puts things into perspective.

DISCLAIMER: this is not to say that everyone should get the same type of education or do it in the same way. Just what works for them. This is also not to say BYU students are inherently superior to other students. Believe me, I sometimes wonder how certain kids got in here. There just may be an overall difference in their work or long term goals.

All in all, school has been a major priority for the both of us and it has been a blessing to be at BYU.

For the first time, Jon made the deans list at BYU. He made it at UCSD with about a 3.5 GPA, but at BYU it took a 4.0 to make it into the top 5% of students. Way to go, Jon! (I think he is proving his nerdiness with this photo)



Additionally, I have been invited to interview at Loma Linda University. I am totally enamored by this school, it has an excellent marriage and family therapy program, and BYU professors speak very highly of it. I fly out this Thursday for my interview all day on Friday. I am soo excited!


This week has been long but rewarding.

We visited James and Jessica for James' birthday, and checked out his new man cave. We loved it.

Jon got sick but seems to be on the mend. I set him up at home on Saturday with juice, soup, cold medicine and movies. He stayed out of the ER for everyone's benefit.

I went shopping on Saturday for interview clothes and managed to get lost in the mall and not be able to find my way out. After that I couldn't find the car for about 15 minutes. It made me miss having Jon around as a directional guide when I go shopping. I felt a little silly.

We have planned our little trip home in two weeks. I will interview with Cal Poly and we will celebrate Jon's birthday. We are looking forward to family, friends and sunshine.

[I think I should be named JetBlue's customer of the month for all of the flights I have had to purchase recently. Thank you tax returns!]

I have not heard back from Seattle Pacific yet and am a little concerned. A girl in the office said they are having interviews this Friday- can they really only give 4 days of notice and expect people to show up for an interview? I hope she is mistaken.

That is our update for the week. I hope you all had an excellent weekend. Monday is a fresh start- time to get back to work!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Valentine's Day

This is a little late... I know. My Internet has been acting up. But finally, a recap of one of my favorite holidays! I like valentine's day to be more about doing things together than presents, I appreciate a good experience.

So this is what we did with our Sunday afternoon.

I started making some pizza...



And we made them heart shaped in honor of the holiday...


I finished up our delish meal while Jon worked on our fort...


It was fantastic... the most epic fort yet!


We ate our dinner in there (really) and watched a movie. It was perfect.

As for school and work, things are moving along. We are half way through the semester! Not like I am counting or anything... Jon has been getting phenomenal grades. In two of his classes he has been in the top 13 or 20 people (out of 400+) on some of his test scores. Sheesh, to think I've always silently resented those people, and now I am living with one! He also got a scholarship for the spring term, way to go Jon!

Hopefully more blog posts will be coming as the semester progresses- there are many things to look forward to!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Finally!

I have been soo anxious waiting to hear back from graduate schools. I am constantly having to self-talk to relax, remember to have some perspective, and be patient. But finally! I have heard from one of my schools!

From Cal Poly SLO today:

Hello,

You have been selected to be invited to a group interview on Friday, March 12 for our MS in Psychology program. Please let me know if you are able to attend. If so, I will send additional information next week.

Simple. But it is all I needed to help me relax. It is nice to finally hear from a school. (Not that they were lagging, just that I need to be more patient).

I hope to hear from my other two schools by the end of February. I hope I get at least one more invitation to interview.

YAY! Good news!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Good Wife's Guide

Are you familiar with the good wife's guide? It was written in Homemaking Monthly in 1955. If you haven't seen it, check it out:

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Clearly there are some sexist undertones to this article. For a class of mine I decided to rewrite the good wife's guide for a more modern audience. Before reading, it should be noted that this is definitely not something that would be published in a women's magazine today. I kept a lot of the basic meanings of the original guidelines, while trying to take away the sexism. I think a lot of people would still consider my modern version old fashioned. It makes a lot of assumptions, such as: the women reading this are married, have children, are home when their husbands get home, are in a heterosexual relationship and are married. Therefore, a lot of women would not be able to relate to this article!
Nevertheless, I still believe there is a lot of good advice and that it is well-meaning. A lot of these guidelines are still true today, and have a lot more to do with humility than sexism. Likewise, I think just because this is advise given to a woman, it does not mean a man is not also expected to do the same.
Lastly- it is entirely possible that people in another 50 years scoff at my version. Many of my changes feel simple and normal, but who knows where women and family will be in the future.
Enjoy!

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