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.
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!
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!