Get to know college sweethearts Elisabeth and James. They're both studying to be doctors -- find out how they balance their marriage with the stress of medical school.
Location: Akron, Ohio
Their Digs: They rent a 950-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment.
Ages: James is 24; Elisabeth is 23.
How They Met: At a school-sponsored picnic during undergrad at Kent State University
Years Together: Almost 4 years
Married: July 7, 2007
Careers: Currently, they’re both students at Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine. Eventually, they’ll both be physicians (more specifically, James will be an anesthesiologist, and Elisabeth will be an ob-gyn).
Baby Clock: They want to get settled into their residencies first, so they plan to start trying in late 2010.
Have Sex: Just about every day
Pets: They don’t own any pets, but they often babysit for Elisabeth’s mom’s Yorkshire terrier named Dante Corleone.
Fight Most About: James’ laziness. He never does anything around the house.
Biggest Worry: They both have first-born type-A personalities, meaning they worry about everything. A few big worries are the amount of debt they’ll be in after over a decade of school, not being able to conceive, and losing each other or their families.
Fantasy Buy: A European vacation
Who Makes More: Right now, neither one of them makes anything.
Interests & Hobbies: Politics, literature, history, travel, art, reading, running, hiking
Favorite Sports Team: James likes Ohio State football; Elisabeth doesn’t like any sports.
Who Loves to Cook: Elisabeth does all the cooking. In their married life, James has cooked one meal, and it didn’t turn out well.
Splurge: They’ve taken a few trips that they probably couldn’t afford. Also, James often buys Elisabeth nice gifts that they definitely can’t afford.
Guilty Pleasures: Fine dining, especially French cuisine
Decorating Style: They like to use a lot of color on the walls and European touches in their art and decor.
Favorite Vacation Spot: So far, their honeymoon to Walt Disney World
Anniversary Gift: They’re taking a trip to hike the Grand Canyon.
Spend the Weekends: Studying, going out to eat, and playing games with their families
On Weeknights: More studying! Elisabeth usually cooks dinner for the two of them, and she reads to James before they go to sleep.
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