As the swabs come in, I can’t help but remember how just a year ago I was going through all the same motions. One of the experiences that sticks out to me the most, or rather the most enjoyable experience I remember from my Swab Summer was meeting my sponsor family. The whole idea was so exciting, I signed up for a family who liked doing outdoor things and one preferably with younger kids. Coming from a family being the oldest, the idea of being able to hang out with younger kids every once and awhile really appealed to me. We all got ready on the evening of July 19th, if I remember correctly, and marched down to Leamy to meet these new people who knew little to nothing about us yet were willing to invite us into their homes as their sponsor children. My sponsor family was the Taylor family. I meet Mr. Taylor, Mrs. Taylor, Ryan, and Sophie. I learned Mr. Taylor is a professor at the Academy (one that I will possibly have this upcoming year!), Ryan and Sophie are little balls of energy just like my little brothers at home, and Mrs. Taylor is the most welcoming sponsor mom ever. We got to know each other in Leamy for a few hours and Sophie decided to start making a tower of water bottles that soon had the whole ballroom’s attention. Jokingly, Mrs. Taylor rocked the table and it all came crashing down. As expected, Sophie didn’t find this too funny, but it gave me hope that this family would be a lot of fun.
We exchanged information and told them I would see them as the school year revved up. Since then I have gone over to my their house numerous times and Mr. Taylor is right here at the Academy if I ever need help with anything. The Sponsor Family Program helped me get through 4/c year and I’m sure they will help me get through the rest of my time here at the Academy. This past summer added two sponsor cadets to the family and I can’t wait to meet them. I look forward to spending time with them at the Taylor’s in the near future.
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