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The Present

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link   All Posts
Miller Photo Last night I was out on liberty with a friend, and while we were on the libo bus, we started talking about how much can change in a year. I realized that a year ago, I was a fourth class getting ready for 101st night. When I was in Chase Hall, I was braced up and squaring my food. I didn’t even know what I was doing for the summer. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t even thinking about the summer—I was taking it day by day. I still try to take things day by day, since I have the habit of thinking about the long term and sometimes forget to recognize the present.


Two years ago in high school, I had just submitted my application to the Academy. I wasn’t really sure what the Academy actually was, but I applied anyway. Now I’m a third class, eagerly anticipating my second class summer and taking on a bigger leadership role. While I still look forward to the future, I’m remaining focused on what is happening in the present. As I’m writing this, I can hear the current 4/c “enjoying” 101st night as they attempt to earn 2/c shoulder boards for 100th day. Next year, I’ll probably be IT-ing 4/c as they attempt to earn my shoulder boards. It’s about 365 days away, but days go fast. Two years from now, I’ll be contemplating what I want my first billet to be. And I’m definitely excited for that. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the cup of coffee in my hand and the relative quiet in my room.


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