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Two Weekends

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Corbett Photo Today I am sitting in my room looking at my plane tickets for Thanksgiving. This will be the first time I’ll be home since the summer, so that is exciting. As mentioned in a previous post, this semester has flown by! I looked at my schedule and found that I only had two open weekends this semester. Granted I ended up planning something on both of those weekends, but it goes to show what being involved gives you.


There are some negative auras that fill the p-ways here at the Academy. It is easy to find the negatives in life, but I don’t like the easy road. I look at the positive. Once you start, it becomes easy to see past the negative attitudes people carry with them. So with that, here are my tips to be more positive. (They may be needed as we head into another New England winter.)


First off, just smile! It sounds simple, but you would be surprised how often you truly don’t smile. If you simply smile more, your brain and body will follow and you will feel happier.


Work out. It may be cold out, but going to the gym and getting your blood flowing will make your aura feel more positive right away. Plus I feel way better about myself after a workout.


Sleep. Do not neglect your beauty sleep! Yes work is important along with school, but at the end of the day you won’t function, let alone be happy, if you are sleep deprived.


The biggest thing for me to stay positive is to be involved. I am involved in numerous activities, hence the ‘only two free weekends’ thing. Being involved gives me the friendships from a variety of groups that all helps me stay positive. I am an extrovert, so by nature being surrounded by people does make me happy, so this may be a little biased.


These are just a few things I do to stay positive as much of the time as I can. The point is, it is easy to fall into a slump of negativity with those around you. I see this all the time. Take the challenge and smile a little more. That smile and simple “how are you?” could make someone’s day. Then like a domino effect that person might smile at someone and so forth. Happiness is contagious so spread it, don’t dampen it.


As always I am open to any questions or comments! Reach me at


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A Month of Change

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo This month for me is a month of change. People grow apart, friends and significant others go separate ways, and new friends are made. 3/c year is a time of change, as the seasons change with us. I recently changed my major to Management from Government, and I am excited to start learning about something I know nothing about. I am making new friends, leaving some behind, and learning a lot about myself. A 3/c cadet is a 4/c cadet who can look around. I’ve been looking around a lot, and taking in the Academy, and my perspective is a lot different than last year. As a 3/c, you see everything that’s right with this place, and the few things that should be improved. I am going to church more often, finding meaning in life, and looking forward to the rewards of 2/c summer. I am rehashing out who I am, learning what I like, and learning what I don’t like, but I am still the same person. I am still active with cadet bands, and my brass band is playing at this year’s winter formal in the wardroom. I am helping my 4/c through the semester, and I am thinking about going out for leadership positions next year after interacting with the 4/c in my company. I was also recently selected to study in Poland this summer with the American Service Academy Program through the Jewish Heritage Museum. Through countless essays, an online application, and weeks of waiting, I was accepted to study the Holocaust in New York, Washington, and in Poland at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It will be a moving experience, but I am certain that I will learn a lot about myself and about the history of the Holocaust.


This semester is very busy, and it is a mad race to Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, there are only a few weeks of school, then finals followed by winter leave. This semester is one I am trying to get through doing my best.


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