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Packing In

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2013) Permanent link   All Posts
 Brooklyn Andreasen 25 August 2009

Here I sit at my computer, re-familiarizing myself with each key and preparing myself for the outrageous amounts of emails that no doubt await me. I will then undertake the daunting task of putting my room into some kind of order and complete what we call the “packing-in” process (which is where the Corps of Cadets unpack their things and properly stow them.)

As I walk through the p-ways of Chase Hall I can see rows of trunks, Tupperware, and anything that can possibly hold items. Despite these familiar images that recall a welcome nostalgia, it is with great trepidation that I begin this new semester. I am a 3/c now with all of the brand new responsibilities and privileges that accompany this position. However, instead of allowing my fear to consume my every thought, I will endeavor to use the outlook I learned from the XO of my cutter this summer and maintain a “cautious optimism” in all of my activities and classes. I will not even let the fact that I got sick the day after I got back from deterring me in my progress. I will not allow that to foreshadow what may come. Instead I will forge ahead and face my 3/c year with confidence.

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