1) career options
2) outdoor/fitness/recreation options
3) residency spouse culture (the school that had a rumored 80-100% divorce rate was NOT an option. Even if it was a rumor, just the thought or previous reputation was enough to rank it dead last.)
4) proximity to family
5) cost of living
After all of the analyzing, number crunching, and sleepless nights- the right choice became pretty clear to me all of a sudden one afternoon. When Dr. Hottie came back from the Utah interview, he was glowing with excitement- he loved:
the residents- they were nonchalant, friendly, and crazy athletic
the program- it was a perfect mix of a community and academic program
the city- mountains, skiing, hiking, running, biking- you can have a new adventure every day for a year.
I wanted him to be happy, and I knew that he would be happiest at Utah. So with never having visited the city and knowing not a soul there, I blurted out- "I think Utah is the place". And that was that.
I am so not the type of girl who just blindly follows her s.o.. Growing up, I always thought to myself, "I'm never going to make sacrifices for a stupid boy". Ha! Little did I know. Life presents itself with many challenges- and you can either run away from them or grow and learn from them. What it has taken me YEARS to realize (and am still working through), is this: Dr. Hottie's career as a surgeon will require a countless number of sacrifices on my part-and seemingly never-ending-BUT I'm happy to do it. It's actually quite fitting really- I'm stubborn, independent, always looking for a new adventure, and would be happy doing a number of different jobs. Dr. Hottie is reliable, steady, intelligent, and the medical field and its patients deserve his presence.