He did it! Dr. Travis Good, MD/MBA. Those 5 letters were brought to you by a freakin shit ton of debt, a mountain of stress, and 5 years of his professional life. But there they are, he’s got ‘em. And they’ve already opened up doors to amazing opportunities he could never have dreamed. All-in-all, he has no regrets and I’m really proud of him.
Travis’ family came out to celebrate with us, which was awesome and meant a lot to both of us. The kids were, of course, thrilled to see their grandparents and their Aunt Heather. We only brought Griffie to the actual ceremony, which was very very long. Temple Grandin spoke, and she was AMAZING. Heather got to meet her after graduation and tell her what an inspiration she’s been.
So, I have a funny (sorta) story to share about Travis’ graduation…the Dean read a little blurb about each student, things they accomplished during medical school, their plans post-graduation (pretty much all but Travis plan to do a residency, so it listed where and in what field of medicine), and then most of them had a line about people they wanted to thank for helping them get this far. Travis has been SUPER out of touch with his Dean’s office since deciding to be non-clinical and not enter the Match, so when we got up on stage to get ready to walk across (I was with him because I was his hooder – it’s the formal part of medical school graduation when another person with a doctorette hoods the new grad). Just before it was our turn, I whispered to Travis, “what the hell are they going to read about you?!” He whispered back “I have no clue, I think I forgot to fill out this form.” Leave it to Travis to not give a crap about the most important part of the ceremony. So we walk across as the most irrelevant, random stuff is read about him, followed by “and his and his wife are raising their THREE kids.” The sound of my jaw hitting stage was probably audible to the audience in the nosebleeds.
So that’s me, just after putting his hood on Travis (after I’d considered choking him with it on stage), saying “really?! REALLY?! Our three kids. You didn’t bother updating your Dean’s office that we had a 4th kid?!” and him laughing back at me saying “hmm, guess not.” Oh well. It was sort of a classic moment.
What he meant to write for his dean to read was: “Travis completed his premed course requirements after he’d graduated from college and a masters program. He did this by going to school at night, in addition to his fulltime consulting job during the day. Travis continued on then to multitask his way through medical school and his MBA. During that time, he also worked several health-related jobs, climbed several of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks, ran health projects in Peru, founded an NGO, published several research articles in a major journal, became the incredible father of FOUR gorgeous kids, was the support for his intern wife, the resident chef, the primary caregiver, and the stability for his family. He thanks his amazing mother who sacrificed so much of herself to birth, breastfeed, educate, nurture, unconditionally love, and raise him to have the confidence that has gotten him this far. He could never have dreamed up a more supportive or loving mother. He also thanks his father, who, although initially suggested he look at med school in Guadalajara, always believed in his giftedness and has never hesitated to show how proud he is. From the sidelines of the soccer field to the audience at med school graduation, his dad has always taken an active interest in the things that have mattered most to Travis and that devotion has been a cherished gift. Additionally, he’d like to thank his little sister who has been his biggest fan and cheerleader her whole life. Although he may act like it sometimes, he does not take her love for granted and is sincerely grateful to have such an awesome, fun little sister who also happens to be the coolest aunt ever;)