Saturday, November 5, 2011

So... I may be a little Prideful

It has been quite sometime since I have done an update on Colby.  
For heavens sake he is the  reason we are in St Louis.  I don't even know where to begin.

 At Logan College of Chiropractic it is a 10 trimester program.  He has been attending year round for over two years now!  He is in the middle of Tri 7 - and is now in student clinic.  Which means he has patients but they are younger students and their families.  Trimesters 8-10 he starts outpatient clinic and sees patients from the community (so if you are in St Louis.. hint hint).

When he started Tri 1 he was taking 27 credits and coming from BYU-Idaho where he was taking 18 credits seemed nearly impossible!  I remember how busy he was with 18 but 27!!! 
I thought I wouldn't be seeing him for the next 3 years.  
Well, Tri 1 was a walk in the park because now Colby is taking 44 credits!!!

I know what you are thinking, "That's not even possible!?!?!?  Why would he do that to himself?!?"  Well, it is not like under grad where you set your schedule.  It is already done for you.   34 of those credits are set in stone.  He added the extra 10. Not only is he taking his chiropractic classes but he is also doing his Masters in Nutrition at the same time. 
 Not to mention he has weekend classes and seminars about twice a month.

So it is quite common to find him like this when he is home.

Do you blame him?!??  
Now don't get me wrong, we still see him and he takes time to be with his girls.

I am so incredibly proud of Colby.  He takes on so much and still manages to throw out fabulous grades.  In fact this past tuesday we attended a luncheon where Colby was acknowledged for his academic achievement.  He has managed to be on the Dean's List every trimester (6 in a row).  Only 6 people in his class out of around 100 were presented with the award.  

  Sure he is busy and puts a lot of time into his studies.  I will be honest there have been times I have cried and been so upset about how busy he is and how we NEVER see him.  
(But he has created a good balance over the past several months.)

And then I got to thinking...

Just the other night I was telling Colby how proud of him I am.   Yes he could be slacking off and doing just what he needs to to get by but I love that he is using this time.  Here we are digging ourselves into thousands of dollars of debt and he is sitting in class for 44 hours a week and he still takes pride in the work he does.  I really admire him that he puts time and effort into his studies. 

Yesterday, I found this quote by Elder Bednar that did a much better job 
of explaining what I was trying to tell him. 

"My purpose today is to admonish you to use your academic opportunities to the fullest and to avoid at all costs the academic path of lease resistance.  Specifically, I challenge you as a be diligent in both your spiritual and academic pursuits or as Elder Evans said, to be both faithful and competent.  I am not suggesting that one must be a Rhodes Scholar, or a straight A student, or an apostle.  Rather, diligence implies a tenacious persistence about, an engagement in, and a love for the process of learning.  

You have a responsibility to your family to become a diligent student as an expression of your appreciation and gratitude to them.  And most importantly, you have a responsibility to the Savior and His church to become a diligent student because of the covenants you already have made or will yet make - particularly the covenants of sacrifice and consecration" 

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying Colby is brilliant and amazing and perfect.  Of course he isn't!  But I am proud of him for being a diligent student.  He loves learning.  

I think that Colby is setting a good example for our family of being dedicated and diligent in anything you pursue. We have also learned that as long as we put the Lord first, 
everything else will fall into place and work out.

I love you Babe!  But I am not going to lie, I can't wait til you are done with school!!!


Familia Cedeño said...

Way to be supportive! I can't imagine having Roberto busier than he already is, but I know that is just a part of life, there will be times when I just won't have him to myself.

I am glad we have hard working husbands that love us! That is something to treasure these days!

Jessica :) said...

Great job, Colby! I cannot imagine the hard work that has got to be - for Colby as well as for you, Tara. I noticed the countdown you have on the sidebar - less than a year left? That's exciting! I hope it goes by quickly and I wish you both luck in all the juggling you have to do.