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Two Worlds

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 Ellie Wu Today’s Columbus Day and I just came back from a long weekend at home. I’m one of the fortunate cadets that live relatively close to the Academy so whenever I get the chance, I love going home. Don’t get me wrong, I love being at the Academy too, but it’s different. Being home and being at the Academy is like two completely different worlds. At home, it’s a relaxing, comfortable, and familiar place with my family and the friends I have grown up with. At the Academy, it’s more of a mystery, especially as a 4/c, figuring everything out, adapting, and growing through this whole experience. I love the Academy in the sense that I feel like I’m growing up, handling more responsibilities, and achieving more here than at any other college. These two worlds (my home and the Academy) are complete opposites, which I think is kind of cool.

A lot of times, I feel like Bruce Wayne when I jump back and forth between my life at home and my life at the Academy. When I am at home, I live the normal life: watching TV/movies, hanging out, pigging out, and not having a care in the world. This weekend, I was able to have dinner with my family and talk for hours catching up and then we watched movies till 3 in the morning. When it came time to head back to the Academy however, putting on trops is just like putting on the Batsuit. Once I changed, I was no longer Bruce Wayne; I became Batman and had to resume my responsibilities and duties.

Sometimes, it’s hard to leave the “easy” life behind, but it’s the challenging lifestyle that is ultimately the most rewarding.

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