Saturday, February 13, 2010

Being an Engaged MFA student

I know most of you don't care about my love life, but I felt obligated to tell you--my MFA family--- that I am now engaged. (Well, officially since Feb. 5th). The past week has been a celebration all over--even Martin Lammon was nice enough to announce congratulations in front of our poetry workshop. My students have been excited too, noticing my ring without me even announcing anything, sending me emails and wanting to hear how it all happened. It just felt really great.

If you want the juicy engagement details, you can see them at

It seems really strange, but so much of the way I'm viewing my engagement does deal with my role as a graduate student. We've decided to set up the wedding during spring break of 2011...If we'd planned for after graduation in 2011, wedding stress would conflict with our move to wherever I'm going for PhD or job stuff. And now that we are engaged, I feel even more motivated to think about PhDs. I want to be as prepared as possible for any job opportunity that comes my way, and I want to be able to contribute to our family.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Valentines weekend. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing--know that you are loved!


  1. Congrats again, Rachel! Man, the stress of wedding planning mixed in with post-grad planning...I'd do it in a heart beat with a good guy! lol Sounds like you've got yours!

  2. Congratulations, Rachel! That's such happy news :)

  3. Congrats! I remember finishing undergrad, looking for a job and planning a wedding :) fun but exhausting! Don't forget to delegate

  4. Congrats!!! That's awesome news :)


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