Monday, July 9, 2012

Academy Class 12-03

Greetings Cohort 2 and 3, Here we are half way through this gloriously hot summer, and you have not heard a word from the 8 ProRangers currently at the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program. Shame on us. Allow me to update you on how our first 7 weeks went. We started off as 8 ProRangers and 14 seasonal recruits and after just 2 or 3 days we were all one unit, one family. In the Academy, there is no distinction between ProRangers and non-ProRangers (unless you make one). You will quickly learn there is an indescribable bond that forms between strangers who go through a difficult situation together. That being said, take a moment to be thankful for the amazing opportunity you have been given in the ProRanger program. There are many, many people who would love to be in your position. To summarize without disclosing too much, our first 7 weeks has been amazing. I've never felt more beaten down, tired, hungry, exhausted, or nervous in my life,and I've truly enjoyed every moment of it. The skills you will gain at the academy, irreplaceable. The experiences you will have, indescribable. The knowledge you will take in, endless. What we are doing is training to be the next generation of Law Enforcement Rangers for the National Park Service. We are carrying on the legacy, and you are all a part of this. It is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of hard work. The best thing you can do to prepare for the academy is train yourself physically and mentally. Do not be that person who thinks the academy will get them into shape, you need to arrive in shape or you will regret it. I don't say this to scare you, only to help you take it seriously. Mentally, let go of your self doubts. Let go of your negative mindset. Leave your ego at home. You have absolutely, positively got to believe in yourselves. Both the mental and the physical preparations bare equal importance to being successful here and in your career. Consider it a challenge. Most importantly, and perhaps I should have said this sooner, be there for each other. Support each other and always keep a warrior mindset. My ProRanger internship was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Embrace the opportunity you have been given and take advantage of every new experience you can. We all want to see you succeed. I wish you all a wonderful summer and please feel free to email or contact any of us if you have any questions. Remember to have fun, stay hydrated, and learn. We will be thinking of you all while you are at leadership camp! When you are faced with a challenge...improvise, adapt, and overcome. Sincerely, Amber Hagan Cohort 2/ Academy Class 12-03 SLETP Temple University 240-446-5365

1 comment:

  1. Nicely stated Amber! You continue to make me proud!