Life has been really busy. In August, I had finished organic chemistry and went on a camping trip in Shenandoah National Park with my parents and my boyfriend. It was my boyfriend’s first trip in a while, and he really enjoyed it. He had had some negative experiences in Boy Scouts, and I was glad that we got to spend time with my parents and re-introduce him to camping. Particular highlights of the trip included encountering deer near our campsite, hiking an easy mile of the Appalachian Trail, and listening to a ridge runner talk about her experiences hiking the Trail from both directions.

By the end of August, I had started taking medical terminology and abnormal psychology classes, and I am enjoying both. I also started precepting to be an Attendant in Charge at my rescue squad. I am excited about the possibilities of additional leadership and responsibilities. My boyfriend and I have also been taking more dance classes and practicing together. He is new to dancing, and I am not, but we are hoping to compete at some point together. Come September, I had gotten the opportunity to interview at a physician assistant school. Unfortunately, I did not get accepted, but the interview experience was a good experience overall.

Most of October was spent focused on schoolwork. On Halloween weekend, I attended a major ballroom competition called DC Dancesport Inferno without a partner. Most of my TBA experiences were great, especially since most of the time, my former partner, who had turned professional, was willing to step in as a last resort. The only negative experience I had was during the standard rounds, when I told my TBA person (not my former partner) that I couldn’t follow certain figures. He proceeded to lead them anyway. He also thought that he could alter my step length and frame within five minutes. Overall, I was pleased with my dancing despite my lack of consistent practice with or without a partner and despite lack of recalls. I also had some fun! I did get recalls and placed during a 3-person standard and smooth fun dance, though! It is still so inspiring to watch the more advanced dancers.

A few days later, my second nephew was born. So far, his temperament is unlike that of my first nephew. The newborn is a lot more quiet than the 3-year old nephew is. It made the second bris even more jarring than the first one because the baby went from quiet and context to wailing. Next up for me is finishing up my fall classes, interviewing for another PA school in December, and traveling to Israel on Birthright with my boyfriend! Hope everyone else is doing well!