The other weekend I celebrated one of the biggest achievements and moments of my life … my graduation from Physician Assistant school. While we technically finished our program back in March and I have been actively working for a month and a half it was still a HUGE thing for me. My university only does graduation ceremonies once a year so Chris and I flew back to Savannah for it over my birthday weekend.
The girls stayed in Missouri with my amazing mother-in-law so we enjoyed an amazing kid free weekend. My mom, step-dad, and dad met us in Savannah to join in on the fun. I can’t quite describe how I felt that whole weekend. While it had started to set in that PA school is over and my life and career as a Physician Assistant had begun I feel like it was “official” once I was hooded. I am now a Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies along with my PA-C. And it feels amazing.
At hooding I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was chosen to be in inducted into Pi Alpha … the honor society for PAs. I also graduated with high honors which was super exciting! Our hooding ceremony was pretty emotional for everyone. The president of our university spoke and said how he always thought it was amazing that our hooding was the smallest of the graduate programs but took the longest because everyone had to hug everyone on stage. And it’s true. I have been so blessed to be part of this PA program with my particular classmates and our truly outstanding faculty. God truly knew what He was doing when He brought us all together because I can’t imagine having been on this journey with anyone else.
I was particularly excited for this weekend because I was also reunited with my very best friend Jessica. You might recognize her from periodic appearances on the blog but this woman is truly one of a kind. She is more family now than friend and I know that we will be wrinkly old women one day and still as close as ever. We are still adjusting to living in different states though and I have to admit it blows.
Having all my parents there (minus my step-mom who couldn’t make it) was so special too. I got my love of medicine from my dad going on rounds with him in the hospital as a child. I got my tenacity from my mom because she showed me that you can do anything you set your mind to even when you have children. My step-dad always had an encouraging word for me when I needed it.
Most importantly I am glad that Chris was by my side for the whole thing. It was as much as a celebration for him as it was for me. I absolutely couldn’t have done it without his unwavering support, love, and encouragement. It took a village but luckily I have the best village around.
So there you have it! Hooding is over and I can add some additional letters to my name … MSPA, PA-C.