Studying FTP stuff for our Air Force training this summer, my friend Dan and I discussed it. “I could have gone to Florida, you know,” he grumbled, lifting his hands towards what, for us, felt like summery heat. “This, all year ‘round.” But even though this line of conversation is pretty common, I have to say that if I’d gone to a school in So. Cal., or Florida or even Texas, I probably wouldn’t have the genuine appreciation for sunlight and summery spring weekends like this one. And I do. Even now, as soon as I’m done with this blog post and a little bit more studying, it’s off with the computer and out with my books to find a sunny spot on the grass to study and sunbathe and relax. Once we get back from the summer, it’s another month or two of beautiful weather and swimming and fun. But that’s a ways away.
One more week of classes. Then a week of finals. Then… Field Training. (Essentially a month-long Basic Training for AFROTC cadets before they contract as officers. Like an Air Force LDAC, if you wish.) I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous. It’s a lot of intense training for a solid 28 days. Like hyper-rookdom, I’ve heard. And Norwich kids seem to have a rough time with it because when we go, we slip into rookdom mode and sort of tune everything out, which is NOT what they want. But I’m hoping to overcome that.
And besides, I get back from Field Training, and the very next day… it’s back to Beijing. Funny that we’ve almost come full circle, from the time I was already in the city to the time that I’ll be going back. There will be familiar faces and new ones. But the setting will be close to the same, and the adventures can only get better from here on out.
Let’s go, finals!! I wanna get this done with!
Band Co. ‘15