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Autumn at the Academy

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Beck Photo All of my fellow 4/c and I are in the swing of the Academy life I think. We’re kept busy with full schedules of academics, sports, and military trainings. We’re just coming back from Columbus Day weekend, one of our precious three-day weekends. After weeks of routine on campus, everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to spend a couple of nights away either with family or sponsor families or even just with a group of friends on a train trip to Boston or NYC. I usually choose to spend time with my amazing sponsor family, we get along great and days with them really allow me to unwind and remember what the “real” world is like.

 

This weekend we really embraced fall, cooking off a 40 lb. pumpkin and pureeing it into delicious pulp. It took hours and three pairs of hands to slice it, get the seeds and strings out, bake it in pieces, and then finally blend it up. So far we’ve only made cookies with it but there are plans for pie, muffins, pancakes, and more! We also took a trip to Mystic to see a Corvette show where on display you could find everything from a one day old model to models over 60 years old. We ran into a retired Coast Guard Captain from the class of 1974 who bought the ’74 Corvette he had on display as a senior at the Academy. It’s always great running into alumni because there’s an automatic connection and natural way to start a conversation about how the service changes and even get a few sea stories if you’re lucky

 

More about Laura.

 

Worth the Sacrifices

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Daniels Photo Hello again everyone!

The school year has definitely gotten a lot more hectic than it was last month, but we’re almost a quarter of the way through! There are only a few more months until all of these classes wrap up and we all head home for vacation. Life as a fourth class is much less stressful than I had expected. While we do have much more responsibility than before, we all seem to be able to get together and pull it off. We have all become a much more effective team than we had seen until now.

 

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been able to make several close friendships with others in my class. This has helped me get through some tough times, whether they are helping with my homework, or laughing at the things we’ve done to blow off some stress. It builds up quickly and it is important to relax once in a while, or else you go crazy.

 

I’ve recently been offered several opportunities to travel with the Windjammers, the Academy’s drum and bugle corps. There’s a trip to Canada planned, and the chance to play at a New York Jets game Thanksgiving weekend. These are things I never expected to be doing five months ago, and it almost seems unreal that I have the chance to now.

 

Even if we still have a very different college experience from the “average” freshman, life here at the Academy is definitely worth the sacrifices, especially if you can find ways to have fun.

 

 


More about Drew.