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Finals Week

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Miller Photo One of the weird things about the Academy is that finals week—supposedly the hardest week out of the year—is also the most relaxing. True, we have major tests worth a large portion of our grade, but the overall environment is much more relaxed than usual. Rather than reciting indoc at clocks every morning, the 4/c sing Christmas carols. Instead of family style breakfast, we have buffet style, which means that there is more types of food available, and also that we can go later in the morning instead of right after formation. This also means we can sleep more.


There’s just also a lot more time available. Military obligations decrease dramatically, and with no more classes, there’s a lot more free time. For example, today I had enough time to run, swim, shop, study, and relax—and it’s not even the end of the workday yet.


So yes, finals are stressful, but overall? The most relaxing week at the Academy.


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More about Caroline.


The Final Push

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo This is the final push till the end! With just under two weeks, work is piling up and the studying has commenced. Multiple assignments are due this week and I have four tests next week. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I am taking one class and day at a time and motivating myself by knowing I am almost home.


I am so excited for winter leave it’s unreal. It’s been five months since I have been home and seen my family. I cannot wait to sleep in my own bed and spend time with my family. The warmth of the Florida sun is calling my name and it will be great to relax on the beach and soak it all in!


November was a pretty standard month, schoolwork, diving practice, and diving meets. Sometimes it feels like you are doing the same thing every single day and in reality you are, but it’s nice to be in a routine. You get use to being on a schedule and honestly it helps me with my time management skills.


Thanksgiving was a great break for the Corps of Cadets. It was a relaxing five days that, like always, went by WAY too fast. I wasn’t able to go home, but I still had a great break with lots of amazing food!


I hope everyone has a great holiday spent with family and friends!!




More about Sara.