Thank You Citadel

Dear Citadel,

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you. Thank you for being a place of laughter, joy, and comradery for all of us in the Corps. As most knobs do, I started off not appreciating the things I had in my life. I took everything for granted and didn’t recognize what my family and friends gave for me to be successful. Knob year had its fun and games for sure, but it actually taught me something that I could not have learned anywhere else. It taught me that we should be thankful for what others do for us and to never minimize what is given to you.

The opportunity to go to school here is quite remarkable. I revel in the reality that I am a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets; that’s something very few get to say. It’s amazing how time flies during your cadet career, one moment you’re a bald peanut then you blink and you’re a year away from graduating!

Thinking that I almost walked away from this very place two years ago really baffles me. To think that I could’ve missed out on all these special memories is quite shocking. Looking back with 20-20 hindsight I could have missed out on all the great people at the different religious groups on campus, the people I met through The Brigadier, the people I met wheeling around on a scooter for two months after killing my foot on the O-course. But most importantly, I would’ve missed out on meeting some of my best friends through Mighty Mike Company.

The people of Mike Company are family to me and I would do anything for anyone one of them. I would just like to say thank you to all of them! We’ve all seen one another in our darkest moment, but we are there to lift one another up. I’d never pick anyone else but my classmates to go into battle with. So thank you Mike Class of 20! I love you guys!

 I feel, in this season of Thanksgiving, it is appropriate to highlight some people at The Citadel who go unnoticed. First off, I’d like to thank all of the workers around the school who keep the place running. All of you have a challenging task of cleaning up after us, preparing meals for us, doing laundry for us, and doing so much more than we don’t even realize you do for the Corps. All of you are hard workers and I thank you for the sacrifices you make so our living conditions are comfortable.

 I would also like to thank Jenkins Hall, Regimental Staff, the TAC Officers, the educators, and everyone who partakes in bettering this school. We are so blessed to have all of you working towards bettering The Citadel. I feel very fortunate to be apart of a very positive environment at a school that offers a plethora of opportunity.

There’s nothing better than the moment that you’re living in right now. Live every day like it is Thanksgiving and be thankful for what you have been given. I wish everyone safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving! 

-Grady Edwards III Mike Class of 20

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