Our decision largely came down to the financial aid we were offered at each school. At one point we looked into taking out some large loans and realized that if we did, we'd end up paying back almost twice what we'd borrowed! Fortunately, with some generous merit awards/fellowships, we will both be able to attend grad school without any loans at.....
American University in Washington DC!
We're excited for the chance to live in the Capital, and for our programs at American. Dylan will get his MAT (Master's in Teaching) and I will get my MSDM (Master of Development Management). My program is two years long and Dylan's program is one year with a four year teaching commitment following (related to his fellowship with Math for America), so we will for sure be in the DC area for the next five years. Crazy!
We already started apartment hunting online and hope to be able to make a scouting trip out there in the next month or so. It's so nice to have a destination in mind and be able to make plans! God really provided for us in opening the door for both of us to study at the same school at the same time!
Thank you to all who have been praying for us during this process! It all came down to a final acceptance to a very competitive program and I'm sure the prayers helped! Next on our agenda will be finding a place to live, figuring out what to do about a car and phones, seeing what churches are around that area, and probably a lot of other things that I haven't processed yet. I've started praying that God would prepare a place for us there; I'd appreciate your prayers for that too.