Maintaining Healthy Relationships while in PA School


Maintaining Healthy Relationships while in PA School

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by: Adam Consigli, PA-S

The support of my significant other, my fiancée, is integral to me surviving PA school.  However, the stress I feel while in school impacts my fiancée, too.  I wanted to share what I learned about relationship maintenance during my first two semesters of school:

1.       Talk about what is expected of you and what you can realistically do in addition to schoolwork.  Be sure to discuss this before school begins so that you both know what to expect.

2.       Communication is the key.  It IS possible to talk through the tough times.

3.       Try to find something to help release your stress.  Don’t take it out on each other.

4.       Remember to make time for each other.  Even though you feel stress, your significant other will probably feel it, too.  It’s important to acknowledge it and make time for each other by doing something not school related.

5.       Most importantly, say “thank you” and “I love you” as often as you can.  Never take them for granted.

Remember that PA school is temporary, but your relationship is forever.  Your partner will be your biggest cheerleader through it all.  Take a step back and realize this so that you don’t irreversibly damage your relationship while in school.  You will need a support system during school, and you’ll want to keep that support system after school.  PA school is tough, but you can use this time to make your relationship stronger by helping each other through it.