Monday, May 7, 2012


So, being proactive and whatnot, I decided to start getting ready for ROTC  because I thought it over, and it didn't seem as bad as I initially thought it was.

Today I started my 1.5 mile jog that I'm going to try to do daily. We had mapped out a route in my neighborhood this past weekend that was exactly 1.5 miles. I was going to start it as soon as I got home from school today, but I stayed after for an AP Art History review which lasted until 6, and then I ate dinner, cleaned the kitchen, and the next thing I know it's 7:40.

I was determined to get started, so I told my parents that I was just going to do as much as I could before it got dark and hopefully jog at least a mile with my dog.

Welp. Like a derp, I took a wrong turn, got lost, and ended up doing 3 miles. I only jogged maybe about a mile, the other miles I was walking around frantically, with my dog, trying to find my way back home. By the time I made it home it was dark, about to rain, and I was covered with mosquito bites. I am such a derp.

ANYWAYS, back to the subject of doing ROTC.

At this point it might end up being my only option. Instead of moping, I decided to embrace it and think of the positives.
  1. I'll get into shape with all the training I have to do.
  2. After college I have to serve 2 years of active duty (pertaining to my Communications major) so technically I'll have a job right after college.
  3. When I decide to get a different job, (media, publication) I'll have one hell of a resume.
My dad said that we'll have to talk to the recruiter before I can get my hopes up, because I still have to submit an application and get it approved in time to start the fall semester.

He then decides to say that if I don't get approved in time I can always go straight into the air force and do four years of service, and just start High Point after that.  I wasn't too keen on the idea and told my dad that if I had to go into the air force, at that point I'd want to attend a different university.

I really don't want to go straight into the military. I'd rather take the year to get my basics done at a local college (that I can go to on scholarship) than have to wait four years (like my uncle) and then go to a university.

I don't want to sound like a spoiled brat, and I hope I'm not coming off that way, but I do not want to take a detour on going to college. I know that if I do I'll lose momentum.

BUT all of this is not even real right now. I mean, my parents and I are going to meet with the ROTC recruiter Wednesday to find everything out for sure. I shouldn't even be worrying about this right now.

I have an AP Art History test tomorrow I need to be cramming for.


  1. Ok, two things:
    1 - I know a lot of people in ROTC, and it doesn't affect your college experience that much. You can still major in whatever you want, and your time in-service doesn't necessarily have to be in a combat, or even a combat-related position :)

    2 - There are still other ways to get financial aid. Don't do ROTC if you know you're going to hate it.

  2. *whispers* What's ROTC? Forgive my Australian-ness. Or it could be that I'm just dense.

    Seems like a good plan, going off points 1, 2 & 3 that you listed. Looks like you've got it all thought out, which is cool. I was nothing like that when I was almost finished with school. I was just floating along without any solid idea of what to do and/or why.

    Kudos, yo.

  3. Ouch, shame you got lost like that. At least you got a lot of exercise I guess. If that's the choice you want to make then go with it. If you're absolutely sure there is no other option. Maybe they'll give you something where you aren't anywhere near an actual battle and you'll be fine. There are plenty of non-combative military roles. Best of luck to you.

  4. Good luck with your jogging! After you master 1.5 miles, just try going a little further each day, and before you know it you'll be addicted to running. Or maybe that's just me. :)

    Don't worry, it really doesn't sound selfish that you don't want to have to put off college in any way. I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything works out for you!

  5. I've never heard of this ROTC thing until now but it sounds like a lot of hard work. Best of luck with it!

  6. ROTC is intense. good for you, bud.