“Good morning, Ms. Roesch, ma’am”. Never would I have imagined getting greeted as such would have felt so sweet! Looking back on last year when I was just finishing up Swab Summer, I never would have thought wearing one stripe on my shoulder boards would have come so quickly, but it did! Coming back to the Academy from leave was definitely tough – who isn’t sad to leave summer break to go back to school? Mostly, I was nervous. There were several things weighing heavy on my mind: 1) Would I get homesick again just like I did last year? 2) I hope I have Air Force furniture! 3) How am I going to get my room all packed in and inspection-ready by Friday? and 4) How is it going to feel being a 3/c? Well, here are my answers and they’re all good (woohoo)! I was homesick for about 10 minutes, but it quickly went away once I started joking around with my shipmates. I luckily have Air Force furniture this semester (something only cadets would really get). Amazingly, I got my room packed in super fast and stowed properly so all I have to do is clean for formal room and wing this Friday. And most importantly, it is AWESOME being a 3/c. Honestly, though some people might not believe me when I say this, but I absolutely love being a third class cadet, and now I’m actually super content and happy with Academy life.
Life is light years better than last. The transition from a 4/c to a 3/c is so sweet, though it comes with its responsibilities. All the extra work of having someone else to keep track of is very overwhelming at first, but oh so rewarding. It feels great to actually know some stuff about this place, and being able to help out a new 4/c find their footing is something I truly enjoy. I’m very excited to see what the rest of this semester has in store for me and the class of 2016 as we being to play more important roles here at the Academy as role models.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to send me an email! Allyson.J.Roesch@uscga.edu
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