Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008 at 11:31 PM (Life, Military, Navy)

 Holiday update live from New York!

I spent about 2 weeks back home in NY for the holidays, going back to base tomorrow. The food here alone was worth the trip!

It has beeen about 9 months since I joined, time is flying! It has almost been a year since I left for boot camp and the experience has been pretty amazing. Military life for me was a bit of a culture shock at first but I got used to it now. I just go to class and study most of the time, only difference with college is the uniform. Still, the educational experience is better than anything I could do in college. I’ve been in Monterey for only 7~ months, attained a pretty functional level of mandarin, and was able to meet a lot of good people from all sorts of places, one of the many benefits of military life. Before the break, I CLEPed the remainder of the required courses for the Associates degree from DLI. So I get a free AA degree at graduation, pretty good deal. I’ll be graduating my tech school in about 11 months and moving on to my next duty station in Hawaii around Novemberish. I can get some of those transfer credits and CLEP credits and put it towards getting a bachelors there. My master plan is in motion! Now to start me one of those newfangled wall street  ponzi scheme institutionaries so I can afford a house in expensive ass Hawaii. 

Word of the year is “Education”! Sponsored in part by… high unemployment and a new and improved recession economy.

Looking forward to the new year, new president, new shoes~!, and most importantly, the study and pursuit of the 3 3 on the Chinese DLPT5.

Happy Holidays~!

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Chinese Linguist

September 2, 2008 at 2:25 AM (Language, Life, Military, Navy) (, , , , , , )

I am back from my hiatus, trying to get back in the habit of blogging.

I started my course for chinese mandarin about seven weeks back and currently studying like crazy. It is a 63 week course and the curriculum is super fast. To give an idea for all the baby linguists out there, you go to class for about 6 hours a day not including the hour off for lunch. There is homework every day and usually 1-2 tests a week. There are also 1-2 vocab quizzes a week depending on how fast you go through the chapters. The teaching team you get sticks with you through the course, unless you get recycled or rocked. All the teachers you get are native speakers of the language, and most are civilians. I like all my teachers and I am enjoying learning my language so far. It is a lot of work to do though, so I have to keep my pace and not slack off for like the next 13 months =(

updates are most likely probably going to appear sometime in the near future! so don’t change the channel!

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Have A Fine Navy Day

May 9, 2008 at 1:59 PM (Military, Navy, Rants, Social Commentary) (, )

Boot camp is over, I am a US Navy sailor! This is most definitely the proudest accomplishment of my life, it marks the beginning of real change. This was a decision I made on my own and I’m on my way to reaching my goals. This is only my short term goal though, I’ll have many more boring essays for my progress in the future. Walking this path I chose, I’ve met many amazing people and seen things I never would have experienced if not for the Navy. Still, this is only the beginning of the journey, I still have to work hard in “A” school and in the fleet. I have some serious motivation to do well, something I didn’t have in HS or college. I am pretty happy where I’m at and hopefully where I’ll be in the future.

With that said, the military isn’t for everyone. It is a huge commitment with a lot of sacrifices. Leaving your family, friends, spouse, your nice cozy home. I was busy all through boot camp and stressed out with the training, but when graduation came, the weight was lifted and all those feelings came out. I had never missed my family that much, but at least I got to see my parents on liberty weekend before I left. Not sure when I’ll be able to come home, hopefully there will be a good time when I can take leave. Before I left boot camp my division received a speech from one of my RDC’s (recruit division commander) pumping us up with the navy pride. Not everyone can say they joined the military during a time of war and that number is dwindling because our generation is the most educated ever. The future generations will be more educated still. Should that conflict with our core values? Honor, Courage, and Commitment is a big part of my life now, and I gained confidence in my abilities even though this stuff is all propaganda.

Wearing this uniform, an anonymous person paid our breakfast bill at a restaurant on liberty weekend. Couple of people at the airport thanked us for our service and I met a retired chief in the bathroom. A group of girls asked to take a picture with me at the pier. Those are some little things that make it awesome, but I have a new set of responsibilities now to conduct myself in a military manner and perform my duties. I guess I see the world in a different light now, I enjoyed my time in boot camp and the beginning of “A” school. It’s too bad there is a widespread belief that you are going to die in the military. There are so many other positive aspects and opportunities even if you have a college degree. I will say this though. Straight out of HS, the best jobs are in the nuclear field and advanced technical field programs. Advancement is quick and they have large bonuses if you can get the scores to get in. Navy educational programs can get you an associates/bachelors in 2-4 years, you will be earning a salary at age 18 close to what you might earn after you graduate from 4 years of college, navy pays for all your tuition and housing/food, you get the military experience, job experience, discipline, and very likely get to travel all around the world. But people are scared of dying at a desk job in California. So sad. College is probably easier, but that’s up to you. Don’t aim for mediocrity. Apply yourself in college and you can graduate in 4 years and have a cushy air-conditioned desk job like me and don’t even have to mess up your fingernails. Plus you get to keep your hair!

P.S. My “A” school issues all students a free PDA so I still win. More updates on loot and languages later.

See ya space cowboys.

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“A” School

May 7, 2008 at 1:36 AM (Military, Navy) (, , , , , )

I arrived at the Defense Language Institute today in Monterey, California for the language training. This base houses the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine linguists and most people around here are new sailors. This is going to be my new command station after boot camp and it is pretty awesome. Everyone over here is chill and there are no boot camp rules, I just need to get used to the little things. The room over here is not that great and kinda dirty, but my roommate is a pretty good guy and he’s helping me out over here getting me caught up on the rules and such. In a couple of months I get to move to some better barracks but I got this room for a few months. I’m on my roommate’s laptop till my parents send mine over, I got the mailing address too, send me a email if you want it. It is looking pretty much like a college campus so far, just gotta keep things squared away and my uniforms looking good. More updates to come. Stay tuned!

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yo

May 4, 2008 at 8:20 AM (Navy)

I’m alive and well. I’ll go to Cali on tues, I’ll post then.

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