Feeling a bit reflective this morning. Today is the last day of finals for Jake. Two more to go and then a couple of weeks of downtime before summer classes begin. A big deep sigh after what has been an interesting year in college.
Jake’s college career has been anything but typical. But what is typical these days? I guess the standard is still four years in college then off to work, but even in my day, I did it in five years. He is, too. Just glad he’s doing it at all!
First semester of this year brought us all a big surprise with Jake’s brain tumor. We questioned constantly as to whether he would be able to finish the semester, whether his Professors would work with him when he was going to miss many classes. Was it realistic to think that he could still get through the semester?
Diagnosis was on September 17, 2013. Surgery was on October 1, 2013. Two weeks time to talk to Professors and get affairs in order. Most of his Professors were very understanding and willing to work with him. To our delight, the University showed it’s support! But we couldn’t have known what to expect the days after the surgery. How long would it take for him to recover? What would his thought process be like? Would he be able to concentrate?
Jake tried to go back to class two weeks after surgery. He was determined to not get behind and wanted to go so we drove him to class as he hadn’t been released to drive yet. That day was extremely painful for him. He couldn’t concentrate and his head hurt. Badly. It was too soon!
Reality set in and he had to chill. But it was hard knowing that he would have to be tested on material he had yet to learn. But, he did it. He got through it relatively unscathed. His gpa took a hit because of it, but I would match his perseverance against anyone that comes out with a 4.0 average. Unfortunately, there’s not a section on an internship application to say ~why~ your gpa took a hit. Thankful that not everyone focuses on a number. That an engineer can still be a great engineer “even if”. He will be a great engineer.
Jake’s brain tumor story could have ended a number of different ways but it ended this way and we’re grateful. He just recently shaved his hair down in preparation for a beach trip so the scar is quite visible. Hurts my heart when I see it but it also gives me pause to thank God yet again for keeping him safe. One more follow up MRI in June and then we will hopefully be able to move to yearly scans. School….important? GPA’s….important? Absolutely. But being alive……most important.