By Sierra L. | July 5, 2012
My family picked me up from OSU the Saturday after finals, and my brothers were thrilled to be on the campus of the famous Ohio State Buckeyes football team (even if they did watch us lose to the state up North on Thanksgiving). On the way home, they got on their Buckeye pride for an O-H-I-O in the car. Even my Dad, who was driving, lifted his hands on the count of three. And better yet, we didn’t crash!
Being home has been an adjustment. For the first time in nine months, I have rules to follow, a curfew to heed, and much slower internet. And I miss my friends from Ohio. My best friend is studying abroad in China, and my second best friend is at this ROTC Army officer training thing somewhere hot and humid. I’m working again at my high school job at Chick-fil-A and taking an online communication/leadership class with Bryan College.
On the bright side, I’m enjoying having my fiance, a West Point cadet, closer than New York. The Army stationed him for a month in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, which is a couple hours from my house. I get to see him every weekend, instead of once every two to three months! We started marriage counseling with my pastor a couple weeks ago, and went engagement ring shopping back in June (there aren’t too many jewelry stores on base at West Point). As of yesterday, we’ve been engaged five months. Yay! Its been tough, but he is so worth it. In a couple weeks we get to spend a week at the beach with his family, then a week at the beach with mine. After that I won’t see him again until Christmas, so I’ll be soaking up every second he’s nearby.
This summer, I’ve also been considering changing schools and majors. I’m on a full Air Force ROTC scholarship at OSU conditional on an Arabic major, which is how I can afford it. But in the past year, I’ve become increasingly aware of just how much Arabic and I don’t get along. Also, I found out that the chances of my fiance and I being stationed together once he’s active duty Army and I’m active duty Air Force are next to nil. Those two realizations have caused me to question my original career plans. I suppose its cliche – girl goes to college with plans, girl meets guy, girl drops plans for guy. But this year I’ve also come to realize just how valuable relationships and people are, compared to personal goals and accomplishments. So, there’s been a lot of praying and seeking counsel. I’ve applied to a couple other schools, but I’m still keeping all options open.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to this past month, and why I’ve been so quiet. Stay tuned for more information on home life, siblings, and my future plans!
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