|From left: Second-year MSPO student Ron Roiz, Chelan Pedrow, and first-year MSPO student Missy Malkush on Chelan’s last night in Georgia.
I would often sit atop the loft bed
in my spacious dorm room at Georgia Tech studying late into the night. While there was much of Atlanta I wanted to explore, Calli, my roommate and classmate, set a strenuous study pace for herself, and I attempted to keep up. The two of us spent many quiet nights speed-reading textbooks, sometimes requiring bags of low-fat popcorn and cans of diet Dr. Pepper as motivation before attacking one more reading assignment out of the never-ending stack. Only the fury of a Georgia thunderstorm rolling through the area could lure us to the living room window where, with our noses pressed against the glass, we would stare at the deluge of rain and the lightning that ripped open the sky. Otherwise, our noses were glued to the various books that explained the intricate details of casting, gait analysis, biomechanics, and medical pathologies.