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Finding the Right Balance

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2023) Permanent link   All Posts
Banks Evans

Spending time with family over the holidays was such a much needed and relaxing break from the Academy even with the restrictions caused by COVID-19. Luckily, I was able to golf with friends and play a little tennis. My family also got a new puppy, so I took my dogs for more walks in the time being at home than ever to try to tire them out so they wouldn’t be so crazy in the house.

Unfortunately, the time came where I had to say goodbye to my friends and family and head back to the Academy. For some reason I had never felt so down to leave home and I think it’s because I knew we would have what’s called a restriction of movement (aka ROM) here and it keeps everyone from being near each other. It stunk for the first couple weeks to not hang out with friends but I knew it was for all the right reasons. On a different note, when cadets return from winter break, we usually have a week to get ready for the spring semester. I was totally fooled and realized school started 2 days after I got back! So, I jumped right into all these new classes and just had to put my head down to figure out how I was going to tackle each day of the week. When I see my new schedule I like to figure out how every hour of the day is going to be spent so I can try to have some kind of relaxation to end the day. One of the biggest stress relievers for me is to go on off-base runs because I can run by houses and see families and dogs and really just the world and it reminds myself of why I came to the Academy. It’s to give back for everything I’ve been given. Life here can get hectic and stressful, but finding things you enjoy and relying on your friends really does make the difference.

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