Wow, November really flew by! Already next week is Thanksgiving leave marking the first time I will be home for an extended amount of time. Even though it’s a short six-day break, it is plenty of time to recharge and get ready to tackle finals, which are quickly approaching. This month has, yet again, been quite busy for me. Last Thursday (08NOV) I left for Maryland with the cadet Glee Club for the weekend to sing at various concerts for the Veteran’s Day weekend. It was a lot of fun to sing for different people and get out of the Academy for a few days. When we weren’t performing we had liberty which was another positive (the best part was eating great food, i.e., Chipotle and Starbucks!). On Saturday of that week we sang for the opening of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and afterwards got a chance to walk around the city and go into the museums. I have only been in D.C. once before, which was when I was like 10 so I really didn’t realize how awesome of a city it is!
Then on Sunday we woke up at 0300 to head up to New York to sing at the NYC Veterans Day Parade – on national television! It was a wonderful experience that I most likely will never get again in my life…unless I become famous or something, but let’s be realistic here! One thing I will never forget about that day was after my performance a little girl asked for my autograph (kinda contradicting my last statement about fame here, but bare with me!). I was truly astonished, but it was also incredibly adorable. I signed her autograph book and after she handed me a card saying “Thank you for your service.” Never have I ever received such a warm thank you. It’s for people like her that I chose this route for my life.
I’m really looking forward to leave; being at the Academy isn’t too bad if you get a good group of friends (which isn’t hard), but I miss my family a lot and can’t wait to spend time with them. It will be nice to spend every night not doing homework, be able to look at my food and walk like a normal person, and sleep past 6 a.m. And then shortly after that, it’s Christmas break already! 4/c year is going by crazily fast, but I’m OK with that! As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me.
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