Well, the day I thought would never come, actually came and went. We graduated! We made it through tests, all-nighters, practicals, master's projects, rotations, and even our boards! After letting the finality of it all sink in, I realize I have some major thanks to dole out. So here goes!
To everyone in Rochester:
To my co-workers, Nurses, PAs, and Physicians who pushed me to work hard, taught me how to cast and splint, let me observe in the OR, and wrote me recommendations - thank you! I miss you all.
To my family:
You continually pushed me to apply to schools and encouraged me never to give up (even when I wanted to quit). Thank you for taking me out to dinner, bringing me dinner and even understanding when I had to study during dinner! For that and more I thank you.
To my friends near and far:
Thank you for understanding how hectic and crazy school was for me. Thank you for the calls, support and love. But mostly, thank you for understanding when I was absent from showers, bachelorette parties, weddings and other celebrations.
To Andrea and Christie:
You two are my PA School support system and best friends. You were there every step of the way. I’m not sure what we did more of: laugh, cry or study. Thanks for the love, wine nights, and countless margaritas at the Cantina. I could not have done it without you two.
To Travis, my incredible husband:
Thank you for the thousands of miles and hours you spent in the car just to spend two quick nights with me at school. Those weekends were the very best. Thank you for the letters, calls and the vacations we took together to make school that much more feasible. I love you.
With sincerest gratitude,
Maureen Hannan-Tufte, PA-C