It seems like no matter how far away you get from the Marine Corps, that little voice in the back of your head that tells you to suck it the fuck up never goes away. Over the last few weeks I’ve hardly slept, trying to get my portfolio ready, doing homework, going to class and keeping up with the comic; but I can never seem to forget one thing: it has been, and can always be worse.

For better or worse, I’m able to push through lack of sleep from having dealt with it substantially while on active duty. I’m not sure if I’d consider that a viable talent or skill, but at least I get all of my work done on time; whether I’m actually conscious or not during class is another story.

I suppose I wouldn’t consider it a bad thing, but having dealt with the whole Marine thing for 4 years, I certainly notice it a lot more when other classmates aren’t pulling their weight. I dunno how many times I’ve heard, “I’m sorry I’m late, I slept through my alarm,” and thought to myself that I wanted to punch them in the throat. Of course, this isn’t the Marine Corps, and most professors generally don’t yell and degrade students in front of their peers for being 30 seconds late to class (as you would definitely see in formation).

Maybe 6 classes, a comic and everything else in my life was too much to bite into–but I’m not complaining.