It is hard to believe I'm sitting in this chair right now. One second, Swab Summer was in full swing and I am drenched in sweat, trying to make timed objectives so my cadre don't make me and my shipmates do any more planks or push-ups. And then in the blink of an eye, it is the end of the first semester and I am saying goodbye to my friends for three weeks during Christmas break. The weirdest part about the whole situation is that Christmas break was the longest amount of time me and my classmates had not been together for six months. Nevertheless, the break was awesome and flew by so much faster than I had anticipated.
It was great to be able to wear civilian clothes, go to Waffle House (8 times), sleep in my own bed, and even drive my own car. I got to spend a lot of time with my family, and also got to see some friends who go to regular colleges. It was interesting to hear how different our college experiences have been, and how much free time they always had during the week. Although I somewhat resent some of their experiences, there is something about a regimented schedule that I still like about the Academy. While fourth class year is tough and draining at times, I would not trade it for anything. Soon, my classmates and I are going to be able start earning simple privileges like playing music out loud and social networking. The real thing I am looking forward to this semester is the beginning of baseball season. I can't wait to be back out on the diamond and playing the game I love. I am very excited for this upcoming year, and I am more than ready to become a third class. I know I am meant to be here, regardless of the countless sacrifices I have made to be a cadet at the Academy.
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