Life & Graduate School

News and Updates

Brief synopsis: We’re moving.


A lot has been in limbo for the past six months. 

We had, as a family, no idea where we’d be living in the Fall of 2016. 

To start, Lauren has gone back to work.  We took a hint and starting trying to find her employment a bit early.  The original plan was to wait until I figured out where graduate school would take us.  We got lucky, really lucky.  She’s working as a proposal manager, great benefits, and much more income than we were expecting at this point.  She’s enjoying communicating, learning, and interacting with adults… something she hasn’t had in a while.. me included.

I’ve continued to coach CrossFit at West End through the holidays and throughout the beginning of the year.  With Lauren’s new job, we’ve had to cut back my coaching a bit.  This was planned to happen eventually, as we might move away or as school slowly takes over all my time.

We plan to move from the west end of Richmond to the thriving metropolis of Chesterfield.  Again, an opportunity presented itself that is far too good to pass up.

Aside from that, the kids are growing too fast, the little one has a crazy temper and speaks two and three word sentences at 18 months of age.  I attribute this to Carrington never shutting up.  Carrington will start kindergarten this fall.


As many know, I was accepted into VCU’s Educational Psychology Ph.D program, Penn State’s Educational Psychology Ph.D program, and Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Education Ed.M program.  

In all honesty, I only applied to places other than VCU because, well, that’s what you do.  It was difficult for me to put all of my eggs in one basket, so, to mitigate that, I swung for the fences.  If we had to move, we had to move.  It was an option, though one we didn’t really want to make.

I’ve been at VCU in Dr. Sharon Zumbrunn’s Educational Motivation & Self-Regulation Research Lab for a little over a year now.  My interest in exploring academic learning motivation could not have found a better place to start.  It’s hard to explain.  In short, I found an amazing group of people, exploring the exact topics that interest me, with an amazing leader.  You can check it out here. 

Everyone typically knows when they’ve meet someone that they know they stand a great chance at learning a lot from.  The environment is rich, the people are great, and the program is exactly what I was looking for. 

So, with a majority of our family in Virginia, jobs, friends, school and connections, we’ll stay for a bit. 

We’re looking forward to it. 


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