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What It Means to Be a 3c

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Lash Photo The constant blur of 3/c year continues even more so with a daily routine. The days seem long, but before you can blink the week is over. Then you start to think about what you’ve done recently and another month is finished.


It was hard for me to find a purpose as a third class at the beginning of this semester. I was running everyday and improving my race times (I’ll get to that later), but I was having the most trouble finding my place in the military chain of command. It is hard not to just fly under the radar and stay quiet as a third class. Your life changed from being constantly watched to not being watched at all (this happens in only one month’s time). My 4/c was having some intercompany issues and through counseling her, I found my purpose as a third class.


I realized that the 2/c and 1/c serve as the ones to enforce the rules, but the 3/c are around as the middlemen. 3/c cadets are supposed to build up the 4/c, be their points of contact, their role models, and their advice givers. I now realize how important we are to the 4/c and that we can really make their day by offering a few positive words in passing. It is amazing how much of a difference a few kind words can make.


Cross country is coming to an end, and this season has been really surprising. I’ve shaved almost 3 minutes off of my 8k time and my current PR is 27:10. I placed high enough on the team to qualify for the Division III race in November!! I had no idea I was capable of hitting those times and now that I know what I can do, I’m setting my goals even higher. I’m hoping that this track season I will be able to break 15:20 in the 5k and 4:30 in the mile.


Other than that, life has been pretty normal here. Life doesn’t change too dramatically on a day-to-day basis…


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