Friday, February 3, 2012

Big News :)

Before I talk about Tyler and My news, I just want to comment that I've been thinking of getting a blog for awhile now. Not because everyone else has one but because Tyler and I live far away from my family at least... and will probably soon be far away from all our friends and family. So I decided to make a blog so people would know what's going on in our lives. Enough said on that subject. :)

I know a lot of you already know about our wonderful news. But I decided I wanted to talk in detail about the subject to reassure some individuals (cough cough family) that where we will be moving is a wonderful place.
Tyler has been looking for law schools for a while now since he is graduating with his undergrad in May. If you know Tyler at all... he always over prepares which in this case was a good thing. When we were looking into schools we were thinking about BYU, U of U, a couple places in California, and even University of Idaho. But none of them felt quite right. We knew BYU was a good choice because it was between Tyler's  family and mine. Heck my oldest sister lived in Pleasant Grove and our good friends (Tyler's best friend from Texas Eric and his wife  Emilee) is currently going to BYU. It seemed so logical to go there. There has been a lot of pressure to go there ever since we started this process. One day I was sitting in my Human Anatomy class and the professor was talking about how he got his degree in the Mid West. He said there were tons of private schools there and lots of universities to choose from. I told Ty that we should probably start looking into Universities in the Mid West. Tyler didn't take my statement seriously until his adviser told him he should look into Nebraska.(Which turned out to be a terrible school for us) Tyler started looking around the states surrounding it and found University of Iowa. I started looking at  their website and was amazed at their music program as well as their law program. I immediately fell in love with that school and knew we were supposed to go there. We found out that there was a law fair at BYU and a representative from U of I was going to be there. So we toured BYU campus, U of U campus, and talked with the representative from U of I. I didn't feel good about any school other than Iowa and Tyler was very impressed with Iowa and thought the BYU law school was decent.

Tyler then took the LSAT and GMAT. Which he did fabulous on. And we waited for Iowa to accept him. They accepted him two weeks ago. We were both so happy and excited! A couple days afterward we went to Iowa City to see what it was really like. I was imagining it being totally flat, no trees, a tiny town, and absolutely nothing to do. But when we arrived it turned out it was hilly (no mountains but hills are better than totally flat!) There was a ton of trees, it wasn't too humid (I've heard the summer is the worst though), the town was way bigger than Cedar City (it was probably more like St. George size), campus was two times bigger than SUU, all the buildings were old with red brick (it just oozed historical to me which I absolutely love.), and most importantly I could imagine Tyler and I living there. Everyone was so kind. Tyler and I went to go see the representative that went to BYU and he directed us to the scholarship award lady. When we went down there we ended up sitting in on a class and then getting lost but eventually found our way back to the scholarship office. The lady there said she was glad we came back because she was able to review Tyler's application. She then looked at us very seriously and said, "Congratts you are being awarded a full ride scholarship!" I squealed into my hands trying not to embarrass myself and instantly we knew we are going to become IOWANS!  A full ride scholarship equals to about 90,000 Dollars. We are so happy and just can't wait for another stage of our life to begin! That night we went to a married institute activity which was fantastic. We felt so included and loved! One particular lady gave us her number, her husband's number, the bishops number and told us to call if we ever need them to look at apartments, moving, if we need a place to stay, if we need a ride from the airport ect. It was overwhelming how nice she and others were! So we decided University of Iowa is for us! We'll be moving in August and we've already begun to look into cost of UHAULS and things we need to make the 22 hour journey to Iowa City in the summer. (Which is UBER expensive but things will work out!) We are also deciding on an Apartment we looked at while we were there which we think we're going to live there. So everything is working out and we just can't wait to go back to Iowa City! :)