Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

A Question of Priorities

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

A Question of Priorities

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Graduation is both an ending and a beginning, a time to reassess your life, look at available opportunities, and choose the next path on your life's journey.

For this graduate, once chosen as "Outstanding Senior" of her college class, the decision was not an easy one. The world seemed to be at my front door. But in the end, I chose a simple path, but one most true to my values. You see, shortly after graduation, my parents were involved in a terrible car accident. My mom died as a result of the injuries and rather than place Dad in the inevitable nursing home, I took him home. We, I decided, would walk our journeys together.

This may not be the right decision for everyone. It meant putting away a passing LSAT score, holding back my applications to law school, and withdrawing applications to become part of the high pressure Washington scene-at least temporarily. And honestly, I shed a few tears as I did those things.

But it is definitely a decision worthy of consideration. Our elders need us to do right by them. And strangers in nursing homes just cannot give the frail and elderly the richness of life at home.

My days now are spent running to doctors, to emergency rooms, educating caretakers, and doing the day-to-day tasks of hands-on care. …

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