I can’t believe how fast the first half of the semester has come and gone. I got to fly home to Illinois for Labor Day weekend and my parents came out to the Academy for Parents’ Weekend, so it’s been a good few weeks! Labor Day was nice to go home, relax, watch my brother in high school play soccer, and hang out with my girlfriend. And Parents’ Weekend was a lot of fun as my parents got to come to Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) with me, got to see me race at the Head of the Housatonic, and I got a couple of days to hang out with them! We went to the PEZ factory in Orange, Connecticut…I didn’t even know the PEZ factory existed, but it was a lot of fun!
The weeks here fly by because you’re so busy with military trainings, classes, sports practice, and homework, but sometimes the weekends are just as busy. So far we’ve had three official races for crew and one unofficial (The Head of the Thames, my favorite because it is so local), and these races really take up a large amount of time on the weekends, but they are also the most fun parts of the week. There are two things I always look forward to with the weekend, Friday Night Fellowship with OCF, and crew regattas or just hanging out with the crew team. Even if we don’t have a race on any given weekend, we always make sure to do something as a team. Whether that means going to the beach, going out to eat, or having one of the famous crew “bro-bq’s,” there’s always something going on that I know will be a great, fun time. The best part is, whether I’ve had a good day, bad day, or bad week, and no matter what I have going on in Chase Hall, OCF is always a place where I can relax and spend time worshipping God and studying the Bible, and crew practice is always a place where I can be a normal person, and just hang out and work hard with a bunch of really good friends.
Although each year may get harder and harder as you gain more responsibility and more work, life also gets better and better as you grow closer to the friends that you make here. I don’t know what I would do without all of the great friendships that I have, especially the crew team. Even though I have awesome encouraging parents back home in Illinois, and an amazing supportive girlfriend out in Minnesota, I still need support here at the Academy, and for me that support comes from the crew team, and OCF. I’m so blessed to have all of these amazing things in my life! September was a good month, and October is shaping up to be just as great! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!
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