I have some big news to share. It isn’t necessarily dog-related, but it will affect our family as a whole. I learned today that I have been accepted into the Sociology Ph.D. program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa!! I have been trying to get into graduate school for a year and a half now, and after 8 rejections total so far (yes, that’s right, 8), I finally received my first acceptance. I am beyond excited, and also overwhelmed. I opened the letter while sitting in my car and started sobbing when I finished reading it. I couldn’t believe it at first and re-read the letter about 5 times before it sunk in! It has been a frustrating and long journey so far, so good news is definitely over-due. I want to earn my Ph.D. so that I can teach sociology and conduct my own research, so this is the necessary step I need to take next.
So, to answer the question many people have already asked: YES, we would bring the dogs! I would never leave my animals behind – they are my family. It will certainly be a hassle to transport all of us and our stuff over there, but it can be done and should go smoothly with careful planning. Mind you, I have not actually made a decision yet. I am still waiting on decisions from UConn and UMass Amherst, and I also need to figure out what kind of financial aid I can get from UH. There is a lot to figure out still, and Hawaii is only one of the possibilities. Regardless of where we end up, I am excited for a change of scenery and to finally be back in school and doing what I love. I think the dogs will be happy no matter where we end up, and we will make sure that both are comfortable and happy. But boy, wouldn’t it be nice to live in Hawaii!
Hugs and kisses from Lexi and Zev!