I recently joined the joint USCGA/Conn College Concert band, and it’s really a lot of fun. It’s a mix of professional players and students from both schools. It allows me to be off base twice a week, which is something most underclassmen don’t get to do. I’ve actually found that getting involved in things is almost as important as academics, because it keeps me sane. This place will make you crazy if all you do is focus on academics. For example, I was stressed about my last Statics and Engineering Design test, and I was torn between going to band or staying in Chase and studying the night before. I decided to get off base and go to band and I ended up doing my best work on the last test! I’m living proof that you will lose your mind if all you do is school. They take well-rounded applicants, and they expect well-rounded cadets. I feel that getting involved is the key to success, and more importantly, mental success, at the Academy.
Otherwise, November finds me in the lull of the first semester. Midterms long gone, and the second round of tests complete, I am left with much time on my hands. Everyone is excited for Thanksgiving leave, and I sure know I am. It’s getting to the end of the semester, and Regimental Staff positions have just been announced—my firstie division head is the new Regimental Executive Officer! Loose ends are tying up as the first semester is beginning to come to a close, both militarily and academically.
I have not been home since June, and I believe going back will be very strange for me. It may sound tacky, but I feel like this place is more of my home than where I am actually from. Happy Thanksgiving!
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