To Love Is to Release


The idea of a husband and wife finishing graduate school on the same day, walking across the same stage, sounds pretty magical. That is, until you realize that this means two highly ambitious scholars must not only find jobs in the same geographic area but also must agree on wanting to live in that same part of the world.

The year was 2012, and my husband had accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in California following the completion of his PhD. I, on the other hand, had worked incredibly hard for two years to make connections with professionals across the Commonwealth of Virginia and was ready to begin my career as a public health practitioner. [Enter Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, / And sorry I could not travel both”]

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