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Round Two

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Wright Photo It’s crazy to be back. Sitting here in my 3/c shoes it’s hard to believe that just a year ago I was the scared freshman running around the halls frantically greeting every upper class I saw with a “Good evening, sir” at 6 a.m. in the morning… nothing I did was right. Or at least it seemed that way. Now, I know a few more things and definitely can enjoy this place a little more. This first week back is full of stuff; lectures, schedules, getting to know your division, and most of all getting back into the hectic Academy routine. Being a 3/c now means that I am the one the freshman come to for everything; I am next in their chain of command so all their silly questions come to me first… it makes me wonder if I was that clueless last year. My assumption is I was. :P

 

Each company of about 120 cadets is split up into departments and further divisions with four to eight cadets. Each division is in charge of a job for their company and each class has one to two members per division. So, my division has eight cadets, two from each class, and we are in charge of regimental tours (which I have heard is a fair amount of work). This week has focused on getting to know each other, especially me and my 4/c. Since there are two 3/c and two 4/c in my division we have kind of split it up so each 3/c takes responsibility for one of the 4/c. My 4/c is Meagen Witham from Virginia. I worked alongside her a lot this week with various tasks like putting up nametags for the company, getting signatures of everyone in our company, and cleaning for our formal room and wing. One thing I have learned is that she is a very hard worker, and I know this semester will go great.

 

All together I have to say being a 3/c is definitely a lot better than last year. I’m looking forward to helping the 4/c through this year as much as I can because I know how tough it is to be in their shoes, though I do have to say I’m happy to not be in them anymore. New company, new major, new roommate, new responsibilities, and definitely a new perspective of the Academy will make this year exciting and so much different than last year! I can’t wait to get started.

 



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A New Beginning

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Keeley Photo The first person to ma’am me did so coming out of the head and walked quickly by as I was looking for my room after leave. This person had no idea that they christened me as a 3/c and made me stop and think about how I really wasn’t a follower anymore. I now have people who look up to me for no reason other than that I have been here for a year. Many of the 4/c are even older than me. The first night back was impossible to get to sleep because you could hear the 4/c greeting, cleaning, or just running around and knew that it wasn’t you anymore. Being thrown into a position of power, even if it’s just a little bit, is head-spinning for the first time. I had no idea of what kind of 3/c I would be and am still trying to figure out the line between a good leader and a relaxed friend. I want to be stern with the things that I want them to take seriously but also want to dispel a lot of fears and miscommunications or misunderstandings. I’m still figuring it out because it’s only the fourth day back but so far so good. The 4/c are all working so hard and I love that I can tell them to relax in some situations rather than having to tell them to be more serious.

 

We have our first Formal Room and Wing tomorrow and that means that they will be up late tonight cleaning as they had done during Swab Summer. This is the first FR&W that I do not have to clean like a maniac for. Of course I will still be helping out but taking a back seat is definitely liberating.

 

Other than taking on the role of a 3/c, coming back has been an amazing time. Seeing everybody that you got to know very well puts you in a great mood. However, I know that things are going to die down again come the first real school week, but I’m definitely going to make the best of this week before it’s over. I am not going to lie, I’m pretty nervous for the first semester of 3/c year because I hear that it can be challenging with hard classes and a heavy workload. Hopefully I can stay ahead of the game but I’m sure I’ll let you know if I’m struggling in the upcoming entries. That’s all for now though. Enjoy the rest of your summer, whoever’s reading this!

 

- Melissa

 



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