As the days wind down and the air gets colder, all us cadets get very anxious to go on Thanksgiving and winter leave. You could imagine that it is hard to stay focused with the end in sight. This past weekend for me is making it especially hard. Being a hockey player and having an undying love for the sport I always run the risk of getting injured because of the intensity of the game. Unfortunately, for me I dislocated my knee and have to be out for a while. Though I did get injured, I did learn that I had a huge support system here at the Academy. After coming back from my X-ray, there were ten people waiting for me including teammates, my coach, a player’s parent, our trainer, and even my firstie. Just having them be there in support made the process much easier.
Despite the little speed bump in the road, I still have Recruiting Leave to look forward too. For those cadets who qualify, R-Leave consists of departing the Friday before Thanksgiving, which gives more time at home, however each cadet must go to two schools to “recruit” potential cadets for the Academy. I am extremely excited for this since I will be going back to my old high school and my cousin’s high school to share my experiences and brag about the Academy, hopefully inspiring others to apply. For all those reading, I appreciate you taking the time to listen to what I have to say and hope that your holidays are pleasant.
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