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Who Knew Time Could Move So Fast

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Mason Photo November was so packed with so many different things. The snowboarding season finally started, and I had so much fun with my boyfriend and his younger brother on the slopes. The dark ages have begun, since there seems to be less daylight than there is darkness, and snowboarding is a great way to get through the winter.


I got to spend an evening with some of my favorite kids in the world (the two sons of LCDR Halvorson, ages 2 and 4). We went to the toy store where I bought them each a little rubber toy – a fish for Ike and an airplane for Troy, followed by a trip to Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream for a sweet treat. We then ventured to the playground where we went on all kinds of escapades, across monkey bars, flying on the swings, and anything a little boy’s heart desires. I loved making them dinner and tucking them in at night. They are so sweet! I also got plenty of adorable pictures out of the evening. It made me so excited for the days when I can finally have my own.


I also got to help organize a couple of community service events, which is always very fulfilling. One of them included setting up a dinner and distributing food for Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army in downtown New London. It was so wonderful to see people’s faces light up when they walked out with their arms full of food.


I am currently trying to work on setting up a new program to replace Big Brother Big Sister, since they lost funding for this region. I’m trying to make a program that is focused on pairing up cadets with children from local schools for mentoring friendships. This is going to take a lot of coordinating, and a lot of help from other people, so I’m hopeful for all of that. We received our “shopping list” for billets over Thanksgiving break, so that seems to be all anyone is talking about these days. It is such a crazy time for us firsties (seniors), because we are quickly approaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Who knew time could move so fast?


I can’t believe we just got back from Thanksgiving break, and finals are coming up in a couple of weeks, and then we are off to Christmas break already. I am anticipating plenty of fun times to write about in December!


More about Allyson.


New Beginning

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Meyers Photo Coming back to Academy 4th class year at any point kind of gave me a pit in my stomach. Any break was never really long enough. Even 3rd class year, I didn't really want to come back to the Academy after breaks. This time around, even though I had an amazing winter leave with family and friends, I'm more than ready to come back. Not only am I not resistant to coming back, but I'm actually excited.


One of the first things I did this time was to check my schedule for the semester. It's easily my best so far. Whereas pretty much every semester I've been here I've taken at least 20 credits, this semester I only have 17! I'm adding a one credit elective in programming robots in Python, so technically it'll be 18 credits, but that's still lighter than I've ever had it. Not only that, but Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I have ONLY engineering courses (which is what I like) and have off the first two periods and the last period. Basically my schedule couldn't get any better.


Another reason I'm excited is the prospect of a new start. Every semester brings the chance to do something new and change things up. I'm starting to learn that the first six weeks and the last three weeks are the most important to any semester, so I want to make an impact these first few weeks at least. I'm planning on getting more involved making videos again (stay tuned for morale videos) because I just got a GoPro, so that will allow me to do some cool stuff.


Overall, this semester is going to be great, it's not too hard to see. The motto for this semester is “Work hard, play hard” (play hard responsibly).



More about James.