August 2014-May 2016: four semesters of a very intense master’s program with a 5 hr/day, 4 days/week commute (see commuting footnote).
June 2016-May 2017: Two completed internships, one 1/2 completed due to a medical problem
Married June 2014, just two months before school started, just two years after we met.
New baby born a week before second semester started.
Two ongoing family conflicts that I won’t discuss here. Both began around 2014.
Megan told me, almost demanded that I take some time off! So I’ve spend the last couple weeks NOT studying for the boards exam in occupational therapy. Thanks honey!
At the end of May, my master’s degree posted. It’s now “Lee Sonko, MS”.
Looking forward, I just started studying for my board certification, hoping to be done in early August.
Footnote about my school commute:
Yes it was a 5 hour/day commute, Kensington to San Jose State. Driving would have cut an hour a day but was far more stressful. When I drove, it usually took an hour for me to recover. And I couldn’t study while driving. Here was my commute: 15 minute drive down the hill, 55 minute BART from El Cerrito Plaza to Fremont Station, 45 minute bus ride to downtown San Jose, 15 minute walk to school. 2 1/2 hrs door to door. On a good day, I could study for about 45 minutes on the train and 25 on the bus. I got car sick on the bus every time I tried to study, and I needed/chose to study most of the time. It completely sucked.