MSU CHM recommends that students be relocated by August 11th to get to know the area and city before starting orientation week on the 18th. Apparently, it is going to be a pretty intense week, full of seminars on financial aid, interesting volunteer experiences, and who-knows-what else. As excited as I am to get everything started, thoughts of moving and starting things off are accompanied by some amount of trepidation.
I will have to live without my wife of three years, and that's going to be
Aside from all that, I will also need to temporarily give my dog Naiya (who I've raised since she was a puppy five years ago) to my mom and stepdad to take care of for the next two semesters. Wife can't take care of her due to her crazy day-long schedules, and I can't take her with me to my new place. End of story: Naiya gets an extended stay away.
Long story short, even with all of all the excitement and positive emotions (and NERVES) surrounding medical school, I'm definitely not looking forward to being away from my family. That's going to be hard.