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So, What Was I Up to in October?

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Merritt Photo Hello blog readers,


It’s almost the middle of November, which means that I made it through October unscathed!


So what was I up to in October?…hmm, well I went to Six Flags New England for Fright Fest with Genesis Council, survived midterms, had a Connecticut College/USCGA ice cream social to foster relationships between our respective student unions and as of right now I’m less than a week away from going on Thanksgiving Leave, which I’m going to spend in NYC! I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! Barely two and a half weeks after that and I’ll be finishing up finals and heading on home for Winter Leave. The chill is picking up here in Connecticut, which means it is definitely a good time for me to go reconnect with my support team back home, namely my father and older sister who definitely make me tread a fine line when it comes to managing my phone bill!


Though the cold is starting to pick up, let me tell you, fall in New England is absolutely incomparable. You know how they always have those pictures of fall, and they just so happen to be in like Washington or near this area because of the splashes of vibrant yellows, oranges and reds? Well, those pictures are not a lie folks. The color display is just brilliant—absolutely priceless. With all this talk of weather, I won’t forget to mention a bit about Hurricane Sandy. So we did get hit, but the Academy is built to last (both structurally and systematically) so during the entire time I felt totally safe thanks to precautions I had personally taken, the Academy required and the support of the cooking staff who insisted on coming in to feed us. Thank you Aramark!


Well, that’s all I’ve got for now…besides class which I need to head off to!


Until next blog,
3/c Jalle Merritt


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It All Comes Back to Running

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Lash Photo The corps is about to hit the final sprint of the semester. The problem is that this 15-day sprint is booby trapped with group projects, tests, final papers, exams, and random 2 a.m. fire alarms. It’s time to watch some Indiana Jones movies, and learn all the tricks to avoiding the hidden trap doors that line the road to winter leave.


A weekend of cross country running and New York City was the perfect way to blow off some steam with friends before throwing myself into the void of homework and sleepless nights. After running a PR of 27:04 at the DIII regional meet, two XC runners and I went to NYC for the weekend. It was a weekend filled with coffee, joking around, good pizza, sightseeing, jacket buying, and countless miles of walking in circles and asking for directions. It was great to celebrate the end of an amazing XC season with them.


The season was so “amazing” because it was so surprising. I liked the confusion on people’s faces when I ran a time that was 2:00 faster than the previous week. The new coaching style was great and it really worked out for me. I had no idea what I was capable of, seeing this is only my second year running. In September I was afraid I wasn’t going to make the team, and this past week I ended up placing 4th on the team in the DIII’s regional race. I ran a 6 second PR, but I didn’t break 27:00 like I wanted to. I look at that as a brief, but necessary setback. Not making that time keeps me hungry for more, and I want to be breaking 26:00 by the end of next season. This is certainly going to require a lot of work, but I’m more than willing to make running my number one priority to achieve it.


My dad recently told me that “You’re not going to remember your classes, but the sports and activities that you did.” I really realize that now. I’ve made some amazing friends this XC season and I look forward to keeping them as friends for the rest of my life. That group of 20 guys who enjoy running way more than any human being should are some of the best guys I know. I can’t wait to see the adventures and races that lie ahead for us in the next few years.


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It’s All Happening So Fast!

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Martin Photo It’s a week from Thanksgiving? No stop! I didn’t think I’d ever want to slow a semester down, but right now things are flying by so fast its hard to keep track of what’s what. We only have two full weeks of school left and then finals and yet we still have more than 50% of grades left to earn in most classes. That means that this is going to be a busy next two weeks and I’m already feeling the heat. Three tests and three 20-minute presentations a week and to finish it all off, five three-hour finals to make or break you. The stress levels are high all around the Academy, but there’s a nice Thanksgiving break coming up that will be a good 30-second timeout before play resumes.


I have never listened to Christmas music before Thanksgiving’s over, never! Once it’s the day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas lights come on and the Christmas music gets turned up. Unfortunately, this State of the Union address is to inform you that this sacred law has been broken. On the 11th day of November in the year of 2012, Christmas music was played, and it hasn’t stopped. It was just the only way to get through the week! Play a little Christmas music and homework doesn’t feel as arduous and the nights don’t seem as late. The sun shines a little brighter (that is, if it ever does shine during the Dark Ages) and that glorious three-week break seems right around the corner. In reality, it is right around the corner, yet it feels miles away with what has to get done before it can get here.


It’s nice to stop and think for a minute about where we are. We are just about done with the first half of our 3/c year. Soon enough we will be hearing trainings on how to be great cadre this summer and then we will see our cadre graduate. It’s a tough four years, but from what I can see, it doesn’t last long.


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