February 8, 2017
Every couple and family that we work with has
a story many, many stories. There are happy ones and sad ones, long ones and short ones, stories that make us double over in laughter, and stories that let us see depths of despair. We love learning the story of each of our couples and families — it’s one of our favorite parts about our work. But we are not storytellers. We are story-documenters.
When we realized this, we knew that we should document ours as well. The Radian Story is the story of us, Radhika and Ian. From the day we were born to where we stand now, this is our story from babies to bride & groom.
Part 3: Fast Forward (Or Our Time in College)
While we met in second grade, we didn’t really get to know each other until college. We both attended UNC-Chapel Hill and are Tar Heels bred, even if we aren’t Tar Heels born! We graduated as college sweethearts, but that’s not how our time in Chapel Hill started…
From Ian’s perspective
When I started college I thought I would be a psychology major, but UNC was on to that game and lumped all psychology majors in with the undecideds, which is what I really was. I took all kinds of classes that seemed cool, because that’s what you’re supposed to do in college. Things changed in my sophomore year.
In a random education class, famed for its long-time professor and the athletes who had graced its chairs over the years (Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm included), a stranger came in and presented about a summer job opportunity. I would get to lead a group of middle schoolers for a summer in classes and field trips and overnight adventures. It sounded amazing and I knew I had to do it.
From Radhika’s perspective
I started working at Student U in 2008 after my first year of college at UNC. On my first day, I had two thoughts. A) I had no idea what I was doing; and B) the summer job that I thought would be fun was turning out to be the most uncomfortable, and most challenging work I had ever done. By the end of that first summer I was hooked.
I loved working with students. I loved teaching. I loved how much I was able to grow. All I had to figure out was how I was going to make it through three more years of college when I knew that all I really wanted to do was teach. I spent the next year of college organizing my classes around that goal. When the next summer finally came, I discovered that I would know not only what would help propel me through the next two years, but who.
Stay tuned for Part 4 next week!