This time last year was one of the worst weeks of my life. Every social media source was flooded with R-Day post and I had to watch as 1200 new cadets got to live my dream. I was flooded with emotions. I had jumped through every hoop required of me, but I was still not good enough for admission. I had spent long hours working on my eagle project, studying and developing my skills on the basketball court yet I came up short. Now flash forward to right now as I get ready for R-Day in a couple of hours. I can not explain to you how important my one year in college was for me. It humbled me. I learned that West Point although my dream is not the end all be all. There are many great ROTC programs that develop incredible leaders. I learned what I had a passion for academically and how to manage a crazy engineering schedule with ROTC. And most importantly I learned that although civilian college is fun, West Point is where I want to be. For all re-applicants: if you were to have told me that not getting in my first time was a good thing I wouldn't have believed you. Although it may be hard right now to see your friends gear up for R Day, you need to trust that everything happens for a reason. I know that my year at college matured and developed me into person that is fully ready for the challenges I will face the next 47 months. I wish you all the best of luck during your reapplication. As always, Go Army, Beat Navy!