November 18, 2013
The middle of the 4th month here at the Academy as a 4/c. I can’t tell if time has gone by fast or seemed to come to a stop. Some weeks zoom by, others drag along. I can watch friends, my roommate, classmates, and upperclassmen and see how very different their moods can be from one week to the next, or even day to day. Most of the things that I was stressed about at the beginning of the semester I have learned to deal with, to get done efficiently, and that if I decide not to worry about them then they usually get done easier and quicker. I also found that your mood here, or anywhere, is entirely your own choice. I was having an awful week, which dampened the mood of my weekend and almost ruined the next week, but instead I said to myself “Forget this, I don’t care if I am in a bad mood, I’m going to smile anyway.” I was in one of the best moods that day.
That weekend was the weekend Windjammers went to a Giants game and also marched in the Veteran’s Day parade in New York. I had never been there before so it was a great experience.
November 24, 2013
I can get distracted sometimes when writing. Here at the Academy sometimes you have to be ready to jump up and drop everything in order to get something important done immediately. It isn’t too often, but it is important to set priorities and know how to manage time. For instance, the stores here and many paperwork-based offices are usually only open during school hours; which makes getting to them difficult. I have pushed off many things in order to get to a store, pick up mail, or get some paperwork passed (mostly because I am 2017 Class Treasurer).
Today is Sunday and this week for me consists of a full day of classes tomorrow, a test on Tuesday and then duty the rest of Tuesday. After that it is Thanksgiving leave. For me that starts at 1800, that’s when the duty section is relieved, as well as when I get a ride out of here. California is further and more expensive than 3 to 4 days at home is worth so I will be staying with a fellow cadet who lives in the area. The break is seriously needed for everyone. I thought senioritis was difficult, but I’m thinking that this is a much stronger. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here, it can just be very taxing and take up all your time, so you just want, NEED a break, a way to get away and do absolutely nothing. I am personally looking forward to Christmas leave. Only 25 days until I fly home. I’m sure it will be strange to be home again, in my room that has been altered by my mom. It will be great to see my family and friends again, especially during my favorite time of year.
Oh! That reminds me. For all of you who haven’t lived in a cold place, a place where it snows, it is FANTASTIC. You may not like it, I know many don’t, but even though it is so cold it hurts, it is a wonderland to me, a girl who has only lived in pleasant weather southern California. To actually see it snow when there isn’t snow already on the ground, and to not be skiing or snowboarding at the time and to know that this is where you live; it is simply an amazing feeling. I love to see the seasons change, all the trees change colors and then lose all their leaves. To some it looks dead, but to me it is a wonder of nature, a beautiful sight.
So, WHEN you get here, (always think positively, it will actually help you to get where you want to go) remember to focus on the good, not the bad. It is easy to complain like many around you, but I urge you to stay positive, because you can choose to be happy, and there are plenty of great things to see. You just have to be willing to see them.
Hope you enjoyed this entry, I hope to write a bit more often in the future.
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