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September 26, 2011 / Sarah

Update part 1: College & the Navy

Hi guys! First off, thank you for your support on me doing this update series ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like a lot has been going on and now that Iโ€™m back to blogging I need to update you all!

As many of you know I graduated high school this past June, but did not go to college this year. I did do some tours/apply my senior year but never committed. I didnโ€™t feel ready, I didnโ€™t want to pay for it.

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I met with a recruiter for both the Navy and the Air Force reserves. Shortly into the meeting with the Navy I was offered to try getting a spot for Active duty special operations AIRR (aka rescue swimming). My fitness level easily surpassed minimum and I was โ€œhealthyโ€. I never brought up my issues with ed because I thought I was to a point where I was past using behaviors. After meeting with a hip specialist (remember, I was born with hip dysplasia) I had to re-think spec ops. Deciding it was a bad idea my recruiter wanted me to just do the ASVAB and see what happened, so I did. My scores were good and I swung a contract for an electrician. I still had the option to try out for spec ops if I wanted in the future. College would be paid for, I would serve 8 years and leave for boot camp April 24th 2012. Sounds great right?

Itโ€™s not what I wanted. The single only reason I thought seriously about joining was for college money. Yes, that is a great reason and wonderful opportunity but my heart wasnโ€™t in it. No matter what I did I could not get my heart wrapped around the whole idea. I would rather go to college for DPT and come out in debt but happy with my decision than join the Navy with college guaranteed after and not be happy. That was the decision. I donโ€™t know myself well, but I know myself enough that I can say without a doubt I would not be happy with the Navy.

Mentally I have things to work on, I am going to start seeing a nutritionist and have been doing group therapy and individual therapy. I am working hard to learn how to respect and trust myself, two things I have struggled immensely with since around age 5. Iโ€™m ready to let go of such strict behaviors that have consumed me since childhood, I feel like joining the military is strict and need to get myself away from that lifestyle not further into it.

What does this all mean? I am currently in the process of touring colleges that spark interest to me for their PT/ accelerated DPT programs. I am working on the whole application process and my essay. I will be attending college in the fall of 2012, and without a doubtโ€ฆ be in debt. I could not be happier with my decision, it feels right.

Note: I think that the military (any branch) is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants it. It offers such great benefits and can really help to advance you and your goals. I am so honored that I was offered a job and that I could have been a part of something bigger than myself. I am not in anyway against it, it just isnโ€™t for me.

Next post: Update part 2: Recovery for good!

Thank you guys for the support and for reading this blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Muaaaah โ™ฅ

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  1. allieksmith / Sep 26 2011 3:14 pm

    Sarah, I am so happy for you! No matter what decision you were going to make, I was happy for you. But now that you said all of this I am REALLY happy for ya! I can totally relate (I switched from Seton Hill back to Penn State right at the last minute and i’m SO happy now!)

    I know exactly what you mean about being to strict with yourself, I am the SAME way! We are young and we need to get out crazyness out- we can be strict when we’re 50 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You rock for making the right decision for YOU! Love ya ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sarah / Sep 27 2011 2:02 pm

      Thank you Allie! This truly means so much to me ๐Ÿ™‚ You seem so happy with Penn State, I’m happy for you!

      Seriously though, yeah I want to LIVE my life not jump right into a career! I’m ready to start learning more of who I am and what I love! Time to live it up!

      Thanks girl, love ya too!!

  2. Alexandra / Sep 26 2011 3:15 pm

    That’s fabulous! I think it’s SO important to listen to what you truly want, not anyone else, because it’s YOUR awesome life to live! Sending tons of hugs! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Sarah / Sep 27 2011 2:03 pm

      Exactly, and I love that I’m working on finally living it because I never really have ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugging right back ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. keepnthefaith / Sep 27 2011 1:29 pm

    good for you fo looking deep and finding what you TRULY want!! that is so so important, and you truly wil be more happy in the end. I’m so prouod of you girl!

    • Sarah / Sep 27 2011 2:03 pm

      Thank you so so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy with this decision!

  4. pbbrittany / Sep 27 2011 4:36 pm

    Yay! I’m glad you realized what was right for YOU…even though you’ll be in debt. ๐Ÿ˜› Congrats- its great that you got it all figured out!

    • Sarah / Oct 2 2011 10:04 pm

      haha the debt, gonna blow but so worth it! thank you!

  5. Christy / Sep 28 2011 7:36 pm

    Did you sign a contract?

    • Sarah / Oct 2 2011 10:04 pm

      thank you for the question girl ๐Ÿ™‚ answered in the next post!!!

  6. Brittany / Sep 28 2011 9:32 pm

    You always have to follow your gut and your heart. You picked what it best for YOU and that is all that matters. I support your decision 100%, and student loans are not going to keep you from living and breathing everyday!

    • Sarah / Oct 2 2011 10:05 pm

      Ditto. Thank you for the support ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sable@SquatLikeALady / Sep 30 2011 1:50 pm

    I am SO GLAD you took the time and honesty to make sure you were making the right decision. When Max was in the Air Force it *shocked* me how unhappy 99% of servicemembers were/are. It really is a HUGE commitment and you can’t just walk away from it if you don’t like it, you know? Good for you lady!

    • Sarah / Oct 2 2011 10:06 pm

      I hear you, it really is crazy how so many people don’t enjoy it once they are committed. I couldn’t allow myself to be placed into that position, so happy with this decision! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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