It’s hard to believe that we’re already a quarter of a way through the semester. It seems like just yesterday I was stepping out of the car on R-Day, ready to start my cadet career. Life is fast paced at the Academy – nothing like high school. In high school, you could get away with taking it easy at times or even slacking off. Not the case at the Academy. They say the days are long and the weeks are short. Days full of back-to-back classes can be hectic at times and the homework just keeps coming and coming. In a way, however, it’s almost a good thing that we have so much to do. It keeps me busy and allows me to stay focused on the important things. I’ve quickly learned that I don’t have time for the childish things I used to find amusing. If I want to succeed here I need to be on top of my game.
After a long deliberation with myself, I made the decision to join the crew team. Having never rowed before, I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. To my surprise, I have come to love the sport of rowing. The guys on the team are awesome and the practices are actually kind of fun. Seriously, if you come to the Academy and you’re looking for something new to do, come down to the boat house. You won’t regret joining crew.
I guess my biggest word of advice that I’ve acquired during my time here so far is this: get the enjoyment out of everything you can. I’ve had some great laughs and some fun times during these past few weeks. It’s tough because 4th class year is almost designed to keep you down in a way, but there are definitely chances to have fun. Your time here will be so much more enjoyable if you just laugh when you have the opportunity.
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