And the winner is CLEVELAND!!
Okay let me explain.. and to do so I'm going to have to rewind.
Duke's 4 years of medical school look like this- 2 years classroom. 2 years rotations.
For the first two years- Erie Pa is home. The next two years we have a hand in our destination.
Possible future destinations included- New York, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Michigan, San Diego, and a few more.
Perfect choice- Arizona- but that obviously wasn't an option-
Our narrowed down wish list: S.D, Cleveland, and lastly- to stay in Erie.
S.D was exciting to us because it was familiar- we love the beach- we have friends there- it was 5 hours from family- its a place we wouldn't mind permanently calling home.
Cons: Moving our lives across America (again) would not be financially wise, and the cost of living would be a huge shock just coming from Erie, Pa.
Cleveland- We were also weirdly excited about Cleveland- its a bigger city than Erie- a great hospital system- and only an hour and a half away from our Toledo family.
Cons: There were only 13 available spots for Cleveland and there were roughly 70 people applying- therefore Cleveland was a lottery pick- which means everyone's name was thrown together and 13 people were chosen! So this became our first choice- based on odds alone.
Erie- This was our last option- only because it was familiar and we are comfortable here. but I don't think our hearts truly wanted to stay.
Well after 2 weeks of submitting our choices and patiently waiting- we got the results back and we are headed to CLEVELAND next year! We always knew God had a plan for us, but it was nice to see that He made Cleve possible- we trust this is where we should be.
Ultimately, I am going to miss everything that we have started building in Erie, our home and our friends.. but I am so excited to head closer to family and toward the finish line of this long journey!
Well here's to Cleveland!