Free-time: one aspect of Academy life I feel is severely underplayed. Now that I’m well into my 3rd semester here, I’m beginning to become quite familiar with its importance. Of course, you need to keep up on your grades and military obligations, but it’s equally essential to keep in touch with yourself and what you enjoy outside of Academy demands. For example, I love music. Singing it, writing it, playing it, discovering new and unusual instruments – I am passionate about anything and everything about music.
Something I forgot to do during my 4/c year was allotting myself the time to reconnect with who I am. It’s really easy to get caught up in what you’re doing here. I find I am most stressed when I am disconnected with the person I am outside of the military. Even just giving myself 15-30 minutes of strumming the guitar, drawing a new picture or just zoning out to some Beatles or Pearl Jam gives me the ability to tackle whatever homework or tasks I have for the rest of the day/night.
Basically what I’m trying to get at here is that no matter what or where you are (cadet, high school student, whatever!) you should always keep in touch with things that really make you happy. It alleviates any unnecessary stress you can place upon yourself and allows for you to focus and be a more positive person!
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