Thursday, December 15, 2011
15 December 2011
A Letter from Nate:
To friends, family, and everyone who has been supporting me in this difficult time, I send my love, gratitude and cheer for the holiday season. I know that many of you have stayed up to date on what has been happening and have found ways to help either me or my family. I cannot thank you enough. It is because of the support from all of you that I have been able to maintain a positive attitude, and have been able to stay focused and constructive in turning this negative situation into a positive one.
Over the last year I have managed to stay very busy. I am currently enrolled in college and am on track to graduate the end of the summer semester of 2012 with an Associates degree with a focus in business. I'm not sure as to right now what exactly I will do upon completion of my degree, though I do foresee myself continuing taking courses in other areas that I am interested in. That way, I'll have several options to choose from when I get out. I know that earlier this year a decision to overturn a previous decision concerning my VA benefits was made, which opens the possibility for me to continue my pursuit of a higher education. Either in the form of a Bachelors or a Masters, as the GI Bill should cover most of the expenses. I cannot say with any certainty that is what I'll do, though I have considered it hard to pass up such an opportunity.
Since I have been pretty busy with school, I have had to put off some of my ambitions as an artist. Though I have managed to find the time here and there to do a drawing or two. I still am considering seeking a career as a tattoo artist. Though I do find it hard to turn down what amounts to a very inexpensive education.
In my spare time, which surprisingly enough I don't have much of, I like to read and watch a little television. I am also the proud new owner of a video game system, which I will sheepishly admit has been taking up more of my time the last several weeks. Though without it, I never would have been able to complete several of my classes that come with DVD lectures.
All in all this has been about as good a year for me as the circumstances have allowed. I am in good spirit this holiday season and am looking forward to another productive year. I wish to all of you out there who have been so hopeful and understanding to me and my family a Merry Christmas, and that next year will be even better than the last. I can't thank you enough.