Honors and Scholars

By: Cadet Dae-Hyuc "Duck" Yim, Class of 2014

Being an AFROTC cadet and in the Honors and Scholars program, you will be expectedly busier than the student who does not participate in either. However, you will never really notice it. In both organizations, high achieving and successful peers surround you, so your level of productivity does not seem absurd. After adjusting to the tempo of college and accepting your new lifestyle, the mindset on studies and AFROTC transforms into “those are things I just have to get done,” not, “Why am I doing all these extra unnecessary activities?” After acclimating, compare yourself to the lay OSU student. You’ll find, and be proud of, a more hardworking and disciplined you.

Balancing AFROTC and Honors Architecture, a program notorious for its time-guzzling projects, is one of the bigger challenges I’ve encountered in my life. Four hours of sleep, a night is normal. At its worst, I have gone 5 days on 8 hours of sleep with a 42-hour stretch of no sleep somewhere in the middle. It is not that I had poor time management skills; I just had THAT much work to accomplish. Nevertheless, if you cannot tell, I am proud to be able to say that. I’ve just begun the “prime of my life,” a time when I’m supposed to work hard and do “ridiculous” things. I’m busy all the time, endlessly running from one class, event and activity to another, but when I do get the chance to lie down in my bed at night, I know I haven’t wasted my day, my energy, or my potential.

You are a young adult in training to become an officer in the U.S. Air Force, accept the challenge to do more than you know you can. You might be surprised.