At the start of my 3/c fall semester, I encountered a huge setback with an injury that prevented me from rowing crew. Now if any of you have read my previous blogs, you’ll know how much that team means to me. I was devastated, knowing that I could not be in a boat this season. I tried to contribute to the team, nonetheless, helping with equipment and whatnot. But it was not the same. I no longer had an extracurricular to keep me occupied in my free time. This may seem unusual, but the busier I am, the more productive I become. That is another reason it was so important for me to participate in an extracurricular activity. There were not many options for me; my injury prevented me from partaking in any impact associated sports, and swimming was definitely out of the question.
One day I overheard a few people talking about the shooting sports here at the Academy. I did not know this at the time, but we have four different areas of shooting, including: a pistol team, a combat arms team, a high-powered team, and a rifle team. I asked about what it was like to shoot as a sport, and was further advised to attend the team safety meeting. I did, and once there I learned about what each sport had to offer. I decided it couldn’t hurt to try one of them and so I signed up to shoot rifle.
Four months later, I am still a member of the Academy rifle team and am shooting for score at all of our matches. For a girl that has had literally no history with weapons or shooting in general, that ain’t so bad. The team practices twice a week and all of our matches are on the weekends. I am told that this is the best that the team has done in a long time and that we are looking really good for future championship opportunities. I am really glad that I chose to shoot. Not only have I acquired a fleet-applicable skill, but I have also met different people and made new friends.
I have learned a lot of lessons this semester, not just from my academics, but in all aspects of my life. It amazes me how much a person can grow and change in the course of a few fleeting months. However, that’s the wonderful thing about this institution, its purpose is to foster that development. So remember, “The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune” (Charles R. Swindoll).
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