My AFROTC Daily Life
5:00 A.M. my alarm goes off. I don’t always get up, so five minutes later a second alarm goes off, which promptly wakes me up. Ah, it’s the start of another great AFROTC day. I try to eat something before I leave for the day; I usually just cereal, although it can just be a granola bar sometimes too. I promptly get in my PTU’s (Physical Training Uniform) and grab my bag to head out
Most mornings start off with PT, which is always very refreshing. I live off campus, 40 minutes away from PT, so I definitely wake up on the walk on over. PT is held 4 times a week, but we are only required to go to 2. However, it’s always a good idea to do more than just the minimum. We start off with two warm up laps, followed by the exercises planned for that day. It seemed pretty scary at first, but to be honest but it’s really quite fun.
After PT, I head out to my classes for the day. I have all sorts of classes, but my favorite is AFAS 241. It’s the history of the Air Force course that you will take your sophomore year. It is by far the best class I have this semester. We have a great teacher, discussions, and material, which make it an outstanding experience.
Throughout the day, I hang out in the Wing Room. The Wing Room is a commons area for all AFROTC cadets. This is where we study, play games, etc. I usually hang out, work on some homework, and talk to the other cadets in our detachment, who are pretty awesome. We usually grab a group of cadets and go to the Design Café to get some sandwiches – it seems to be one of our daily rituals.
At 7:00 P.M. every Monday through Thursday, we have study sessions until 9:00 P.M. I tend to go to them as much as I can. Study sessions are two hours where you sit down and study with your fellow cadets. The great thing is that many cadets studying there will be able to help you out with your coursework, from Calculus II to Constitutional Law.
With classes and AFROTC, it can be a long day, but it’s definitely worth it. You will be busy, but you will learn great time management skills and leadership. You may not get to sleep in like other students, but you will feel better and get in fantastic shape. Overall, AFROTC is a great experience and there is nothing else like it.
I am happy and honored to be in the AFROTC program every day.