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Roger began the interview process for Optometry School almost three months ago.  As he said yesterday, we traveled all over the Eastern half of the United States.  These trips were full of adventures and experiences that I wouldn't give back for anything.

It was hard not to share these experiences in real-time, but this is Roger's journey and I wanted it to be him who finally made the announcement about his decision.

I did, however, keep a journal of sorts to document my feelings about important moments in this experience, and I thought it would be fun to look back someday and see how I felt about everything, especially since I'm not the person in charge of making the huge decisions.  This journal is far from detailed, but it includes the things that I cared enough about to write about.

So, here we go.  My own thoughts and feelings about the interview process.  Go.


April 3, 2013
On our way to Memphis, we stopped at a Panera in Columbus, Ohio so that Roger could participate in a webinar hosted by Salus University in Philadelphia.  It’s a school that he has an interview scheduled with and he’s really excited about it.  We found out during the webinar that anyone that has an upcoming interview is interviewing for “standby positions.”  Whaaat??

Okay.  This would be different if he was told this.  But he wasn't.  No one ever told him that his application was already on hold.

I’m praying other schools come through.  He’s the best person I know.  Anyone would be lucky to have him.

April 11, 2013
SCO in Memphis e-mailed Roger today.  His application is on hold.  All of the seats have deposits on them, so they’re just waiting for people to withdraw.  Some students may have been accepted/placed deposits at more than one school.  Once they make their decision, they’ll withdraw their deposit from the school they decided against and more seats will open up.

Roger has to be so close to the top of that list.  He has a 3.7 GPA, had good OAT scores, and his interviewer told him that he was going to give him the highest interview score possible.  He has so much volunteer experience.  I just hope that these schools realize what an amazing person he is.

April 12, 2013
Today was Roger’s varsity soccer banquet.  He has no idea the impact he has on the lives of these kids.  They look up to him so much and respect him so greatly.  It speaks volumes when a 24-year-old coach and a bunch of teenage boys are crying and hugging in a giant circle.

This is the kind of thing that I wish schools could see.  They’d realize in a second what type of person he is.  He’s so selfless, caring, and driven.  I wish the boys could tell the schools what kind of a person he is. He’s changed their lives.

Roger also got a letter from MCPHS in Worcester, Massachusetts today.  They've extended an invitation for an interview.   Roger hasn't even completed the supplemental application yet!  I know things will fall together.  We’ll end up exactly where we need to be.

My concern is that MCPHS is so new, and I’m afraid how that will affect his future when he’s trying to get a job.  The school isn't accredited yet, since Roger would only be in their second class ever.  So I guess these are all questions we have to ask.

I’m hoping he can get an interview there around the same time that we’ll be in Boston.  Two trips to Massachusetts would be a little tiring.

April 24, 2013
We found out today that Roger didn't get one of the top 12 alternate positions at SCO.  He’s really disappointed.  He’s still on standby, so if those twelve people get spots, he could be one of the next ones, so I guess that’s good.  I wish he wasn't so hard on himself.  If he would have applied in October, he would have been accepted everywhere.

We also found out that he got one of the standby positions at PCO.  This is good news, considering there are only a select few applicants who make it this far.  I’m really proud of him.  I hope he knows that.

May 1, 2013
Roger applied to IAUPR today.  That’s the school in Puerto Rico.  I know experience-wise, that would be one of the best places for him, considering their stress on bilingualism.  He’d learn a lot.  I just know it’s tough being so far away from home, but I promised that I’d follow him anywhere, so that’s what I’ll do.

May 3, 2013
You’ll never guess what happened today.  Roger was accepted at IAUPR!  I’m so, so proud of him.  I knew he could do it. We’re definitely going somewhere this fall!  No more worrying about having to wait another year, no more being stuck here—we’re off to have adventures!

We still have one more road trip to make: MCPHS in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 9th.  We’ll see what kind of news we get from that school.

Whether he goes to Puerto Rico or not, today was a big day.  It’s such a relief to know that he has somewhere to go this fall.  He’s going to start his education as an Optometry Student.  I’m so proud of him.  I know he’ll be great.  He’s so smart and he’s going to do great things :)

May 7, 2013
Roger was waitlisted at NECO today.  Boo.

May 9, 2013
Today was Roger’s interview at MCPHS.  He found out that if he gets accepted, he’ll have a huge scholarship.  That will help so much.

He liked it a lot.  He said the whole feel of the school and the city seemed more “him” than the bigger cities like Boston and Chicago.  And it’s one of the closer schools to us (only seven hours), so that’s really nice.  I hope he gets accepted.  I know he doesn’t want to live as far away as Puerto Rico for the next three years.

Hopefully I can find a job fairly quickly wherever he gets into school.  I don’t want to be a dead weight—I want to be able to offer support for both of us.

May 10, 2013
We found out today that he was put on the alternate list at ICO, which is actually a good thing since we knew they were already full.  It’s one step better than anything he’s gotten at the other schools he’s interviewed at, so that’s a huge plus.  He has to send in a deposit for his alternate spot, but he’s going to wait and see if he hears back from MCPHS within the week.

May 16, 2013
ROGER WAS ACCEPTED AT MCPHS TODAY!!!  Oh my goodness.  What a relief.  They sent him a huge acceptance packet that he received today, which included a congratulatory letter, financial aid information, and a schedule of important days for this fall.  I’m so happy for him.  He loved that school.  I think it’s a perfect fit for him.  He’s so happy and excited.

I can see a change in his personality already.  He’s smiling more, he’s happier when he talks to me, and I can tell he feels better.  All of the stress was beginning to take a physical toll on him.  He had a legitimate anxiety attack in the car the other day.  He couldn't breathe and he said his chest hurt when he took breaths.  I can’t say anything else except what a relief.

May 17, 2013
Roger got a call this afternoon from MCPHS.  They told him that they were going to take his scholarship away—the reason being that they are instead offering a scholarship equal to half-tuition!  I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such an amazingly smart boyfriend.  Things are looking up.  I know that we’ll find the help that we need at the times we need it the most.

May 18, 2013
We found out today that Roger is number 15 in line to get a seat at SCO in Memphis.  I think this was good news, because there are years that some schools have 60 seats open up, but there are also years that some schools only have two open up.  So, we’ll see.  I’m not sure it’ll matter anyway.  I think that he liked SCO and MCPHS about the same.  They’re both very close to being number one on his list.  It’s so great that his most promising outlooks are coming from his two favorite schools!

We ordered MCPHS hoodies today so I guess there’s no turning back now.  We’re in it for real ;)



So there it is.  Obviously not a complete day-to-day, hour-to-hour account, but those are thoughts and experiences that I treasure.  It's just the beginning, but it's going to be quite a ride :)


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