PT School -- Everyone Will Get Married
In case you're wondering what your years in PT school will bring, here's what you can expect -- everyone will get engaged or married. Exaggeration? Barely. Of my 52 classmates, seven are now engaged, three are married and two have had babies. All of this within two years! I'd argue that five or six others are on their way to any or all of the previously mentioned life events. It's remarkable.
Two things stand out to me. First, I can't imagine trying to plan a wedding while in school full-time. Moreover, I can't even wrap my mind around having a baby amid all of this. I have so much respect for my two classmates who have newborns at home, yet manage to have continued success in the program. Second, the financial obligations alone are unbelievable to me. I would have a panic attack if I took on the financial responsibility of a wedding or baby on top of seemingly never-ending school loans. I give them all credit -- they're much tougher than I am.
What's worse is that this trend seems to be extending to my friends who aren't in PT school, making for a very busy year. In 2013, I have seven weddings penciled into my calendar, and likely there will be a few more to add. Thank goodness I'm going to have a source of income during my yearlong clinical -- it's going to be an expensive year!
Everyone warned me that this would happen, but just recently I realized it. I've also been warned that when I start working, someone in the PT department will always be pregnant. It's an epidemic! I'm amazed how quickly life is starting to fly by and how rapidly I've transitioned into the wedding and baby portion of my life. Yikes.