It's true. The TV series got me into NNU, a pretty university in Nampa, Idaho. Admission committees must be so tired of reading "it's my dream to be a counselor - here are my qualifications" essays. I try to tell a story that discusses my educational and professional experiences without sounding like a laundry list or a Miss America bio. So I wrote about M*A*S*H. Specifically, I wrote about Sidney Freeman, the smart, witty, and refreshingly authentic psychiatrist who has the respect of everyone in the unit (minus Frank). Sidney made a deep impression when I first saw the show, and I wanted to emulate his ability to help the wounded, all while showing that he was compassionate and human.
I interviewed at NNU a few weeks ago. The interviews went well, the other candidates said that I was scary, and I discovered that the library has a Starbucks. But the faculty member who interviewed me said that the committee was blown away by my essay, and reading my piece prompted a trip-down-memory-lane conversation about M*A*S*H.
I was accepted to NNU... and then I declined their invitation. The campus and faculty seemed great, but their website failed to mention that this was a three-year program with classes every night and on Saturdays. When I learned about this at the interview, I felt crushed because I loved Boise so much but didn't want to commit to a program that was intended for working professionals.
So I chose Idaho State, which also means that I chose Pocatello—the armpit of Idaho, the claustrophobic town with rundown buildings where Marty McFly could make an appearance at any time. At least the nearby town, Chubbuck, has Starbucks and Panera. Even though I'm not thrilled about the town, I am excited for my new program, and I'm excited for a change in my life.
March was an incredibly busy but delightful month for the Hood family. At the beginning of the month, Kylie, Alex, and Ollie came to visit from Georgia. In Mom's eagerness to feed and nourish her grandchildren, she went to get some groceries and brought home this haul: