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Billet Night!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2012) Permanent link
Glock Photo Billet Night was one of the best days I have had at the Academy. I spent the entire day (and really entire prior month) being extremely nervous about where I was going. I have always wanted to go to flight school, and I was not sure if I would be selected for it or not.

 

Billet Night is a tradition when the graduating class is told what units they are being assigned to for the next two years. The process takes about two hours, and, of course, my name was not called until the very end. There were four groups of six called for flight school, and my group was called at the very end of the night. The wait was very stressful, but it was worth it when I heard my name called for flight school! My excitement at the moment cannot be explained with words – I could barely breathe.

 

I am excited to finally be able to start looking at places to live. Although, I first need to find a place to live near the Academy because I will be working in Admissions during the summer prior to reporting to flight training. There are too many of us to go through flight training all at once, so our admittance is staggered. I am happy with my assignment because it will be nice to have some time away from schooling.

 



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Sleeping

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Meyers Photo At this point in the year, the workload really starts to pile up. With boards coming up (a test of ALL our 4/c knowledge), classes coming to a close, and other obligations, the amount spent each day just relaxing starts to decrease. Don’t get me wrong, most days I don’t mind being busy, in fact, usually if I’m busy one day, it means I’ve done more than one day’s work and I can relax the next day. Unfortunately, that only works if you manage your time well. There are really two options to getting everything that needs to be done finished.

 

The first option would be to put everything off until the last minute, rushing to get it done then. I’ve tried doing work this way and all it leads to is an irregular sleep pattern, lower quality work, and a need for caffeine. By letting my workload and due dates dictate when and how I do my work, it actually adds stress to my day, and when I do this for multiple days, the lack of sleep can really add up.

 

The second option would be to plan ahead and use your free time wisely. Instead of totally relaxing every weekend and not doing any work, setting aside even a couple hours on a Sunday to do work to get ahead for the week can make a major impact on the rest of your week. One of my teachers put it this way. “Every weekend is a challenge. You can choose to get ahead, or let yourself get behind.” And this is true. You would think that giving up your few liberty hours to do homework would be awful, but in the long run, you’ll have more free time during the week. That way you can enjoy both your weekends and your weekdays.

 



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D.C.

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2012) Permanent link
Glock Photo I took a multi-day trip to D.C. with a group of Government majors. We sat in on many presentations and took several tours, including the Capital, Senate, House, original Supreme Court, and more. We also went to the DEA and the Intelligence University where I want to go for graduate school. In addition, we went to the State Department and receieved a tour of the reception rooms where Presidents and Secretaries have hosted guests for decades. This room, I learned, contains the original George Washington painting that is depicted on the one dollar bill. I also saw the original Treaty of Paris and stood in the same room that Hillary Clinton gave a speech in just a few hours later.

 

Government is the perfect major for me. I love having the oportunity to take trips like this, and there are not many colleges that afford the same unique opportunities (many of the special tours and presentations require a secret clearance).

 



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