(It didn't bother me too much. I liked the idea that they were interested in our safety.)
Eventually the weather cleared enough for us students to join the pros. It was still cold, and I was glad I had several layers of clothes under the jumpsuit.
The plane took off. Then it was my turn to leave. When I peeked out the door, I noticed the drop zone was slightly further away than usual, but thought, well, the green light's on, people jumped before me, people are waiting to jump after me, so out I go!
It was cold. My clothes kept my body warm, but my face nearly froze off.
Then came pull time.
3000 feet above ground level:
I was closer, but keeping an eye for alternate landing areas...
Almost there, almost there...
Okay, I was over the drop zone now, but still a bit south of the student landing area. Since I was facing the wind, I wanted to keep going straight. That way I'd land at the far end of the student landing area-
-but a few jumps earlier I'd gotten in trouble for not doing the landing pattern properly. I did not want to be the dummy that did that again.
Gotta do the landing pattern, I thought.
Okay, turn for the downwind, okay, wait for 600 feet before crosswind- dang, I was getting kinda close to the "real" landing area for people with more experience. By the crosswind leg I was over it. Okay, I was looking out for other jumpers, but still...
Uh oh, I thought. I'll bet I hear a few words about this escapade. I hope they don't kick me off the D.Z..
I turned for the final approach and landed standing up. I 'd have been proud if I wasn't so close to the wrong landing area.
Sure enough, the latter was (politely) pointed out to me. When I explained how I ended up that way I was told in this case I would have been better off following my original plan (skipping the pattern and continuing straight to the far end of the student area, as there was less traffic), or perhaps going crosswind and downwind a bit higher than usual to keep me from straying where I wasn't supposed to be. Made sense to me.
Nevertheless, my inner critic was steamed...