So when you come to the Academy everyone warns you about the life of a fourth class cadet, or a freshman. You aren’t allowed to look at your food, you can’t look around when you walk, and you have to march to class in sections. While all of that is pretty good to know about, I wonder why I was never really warned about the people. This crazy place sounded a lot more like a prison than a college. No one told me how devoted the teachers are to their students. No one warned me of how the upperclassmen put so much work into helping you develop into a better cadet and someday a better officer. No one told me about how your class becomes unified as one.
This may not be the easiest decision but it is definitely the best one I have ever made. I have learned so much since I reported in. My faith in God grew stronger, my faith in my classmates grew deeper, and my faith in myself became impenetrable. Classes are in no way easy, but they are always manageable, which for me is the key to success. You have to prioritize and manage every aspect of your life very closely. I have a few free periods during the day, which I try to use to do my homework. Classes end at four o’clock, and then I have crew practice until six o’clock. Crew has become my time to relax. It isn’t always relaxing, but I try to make sure I take at least five minutes during crew to think about everything and calm down. After crew, I have dinner and homework.
To be honest I don’t finish all of my homework until around midnight or 1 a.m. The issue with this is that I have classmates in bed by ten. The difference you ask? I procrastinate, socialize, and eat. It takes up way more time than you might think. I’d like to say that it’s just that difficult and I’m doing my best, but that wouldn’t be true. I am getting better though! I am learning how to keep track of a million things at once and manage my time so they all get done. Hopefully next month I will figure out how to get to bed by ten, because I could seriously use the sleep! I’ll check back in soon and let you know if I figure it out.
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