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Where to Begin?

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link   All Posts
Keeley Photo Let’s see, where to begin? So when you first begin the school year, everything is hectic and you feel overwhelmed with obligations that no one is keeping track of but you. You have to deal with your doctor appointments and running to get sized for and pick up your uniforms. You have clocks and duty and comp chomp and much more that you don’t understand the point of. By the fourth week of the year, the craziness dies down as you begin to get into a routine. This is the point where I was enjoying myself. I felt like an adult, finally on my own, dealing with my own money and buying my own food. I felt extremely proud of what I had accomplished by that point because I had never had time to think of how far I’d come.


Now however, it is a different story. Like every good thing in life, the routine got old and boring. Going through the motions with little sleep and a heavy but manageable workload started to take a toll on me as I counted down the days until the next leave (literally, because during clocks where we have to say the days to go until leave).


I am not saying that my life here has lost its appeal in any way. I don’t want to use a cliché but life here is one giant and bipolar roller coaster. My roommate and I barge into our room screaming about something stupid that made us mad or, wining about something silly that made us sad, or laughing at something completely ridiculous that only one who has been cooped up in a tiny space with few privileges would find funny. I am so glad that my roommate and I get along. If not, we would be complaining about one another to our friends constantly. Instead, we accept each other’s crazy mood swings and don’t dwell on them or bring them up outside of our room.


On a different note, I want to emphasize how ridiculously quick time is flying by. The days are long but the weeks and months have gone by so fast. I cannot believe it is already October. Many privileges are just around the corner and it feels like just yesterday that our Guidon was saying it would take months before we would be allowed to wear running suits or flip flops during study hour.


Well, that’s it. Class starts in 10 minutes. I will write again soon.


4/c Keeley


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