For Thanksgiving Break, I went home for the first time since reporting in this July. I’m lucky in that my parents have driven up from Maryland to visit a few times, but it’s a totally different feeling to return home. Seeing my friends from high school and participating in the family’s home dynamic again was really awesome, familiar, and a well-needed break. I got to catch up and swap stories with friends in person instead of through letter writing and emails (although, trips to the mailroom are still exciting!), hang out with my siblings, cook, take the dog for long walks and unwind in general.
Several people warned us that returning to the Academy for the first time during 4/c year is especially difficult, but my experience wasn’t that tough. It sounds sappy, but we do have a “family” made of friends here, who make the long days and nights easier and often enjoyable. Coming from a non-military family, the hardest part about attending school here is definitely handling the disconnections between my home and military worlds; people from home aren’t aware of what life is like in a military environment. After realizing this, I made a goal to take time every day to communicate with my friends and family from home, which makes a huge difference.
Before we know it, it will be Winter Break, and I’m motivated to push through the rest of the first semester. Seven days to go; we can do it!
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