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It’s the People Who Get You By

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link   All Posts
 Carol Yin I knew coming to the Academy that I would be challenged academically, but I honestly never thought I would be challenged so mentally. Don’t get me wrong; there are many things at the Academy to look forward to like shorts, spending the weekends around New London with your friends, goofing around in Chase at night to relieve stress, and sports games throughout the week. As a 4/c I have a lot piled on my plate and it’s easy to get discouraged and look at everything in a negative light.

I have to admit, there were a few days I felt down, but in hindsight, my mood was largely based on what was happening in the moment. And that’s the thing here; you can’t focus on the moment. You have to look forward no matter how short term it is. Some days I look forward to lunch or even the next period and some days I look a little further to the weekend. During the times when looking ahead cannot lift you up, it’s the people who help you get by that matters most.

I have made some of my best friends at the Academy and I have only been here since June 28. The people you meet here are your best friends because you go through so much with them, like Swab Summer. You make many fun memories together no matter how difficult the task is. Just laughing with my roommate throughout the day gets my mind off the stressful tasks I have to complete and it is the little things like that which make a big difference.

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