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cadet blogs

Everyday Failure

(Athletics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo Failure is not a climax of a cadet’s career at the Academy, it’s an everyday experience. I personally know that I have failed in almost every pillar of excellence the Academy has challenged me. From Calculus to rowing to keeping up a shoe shine, it is impossible to keep on top of everything and do it all well.


Recently I have been confronting my biggest failure yet; what a surgeon has described as shoulders only repairable by surgery. I had my dominant shoulder reconstructed in February followed by a painful six weeks wearing an immobilizer sling, and then an additional five months in physical therapy rehabilitating. Not only did this surgery temporarily take away my independence in simple tasks, like tying shoes or putting my hair up, but it forced me to learn to write left handed and doubled the time it took me to do anything. Worst parts of the experience included taking the boards indoctrination exam five days after surgery, attempting to square my meals in the wardroom without being able to talk or ask for help, and literally being trapped inside a t-shirt if my shoulder froze up in the middle of changing. To say the least, I was ecstatic to have almost all of my range of motion back and start building up my strength in August. I took on the responsibility of class vice president along with being a member of the color guard, a cox on the men’s crew team, and all of my other club involvement in the excitement to be physically fit for full once again.


The recovery from this failure has been short lived however, as I will be likely having my second reconstruction on the opposite shoulder soon. Sure, it will not be as difficult to write with a sling on the other arm or to eat dinner now that I can look around in the wardroom, but the mental hurdle of being broken yet again is something entirely different.


I knew coming into the Academy I would face tough situations, though I never expected to have the body of an elderly man before the age of twenty. Facing this everyday failure is part of it all though and in the end I know I will be a stronger officer, mentally and physically, because of overcoming these challenges.


More about Sarah.


Cruising on Through!

(Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo Wow. I haven’t written in a while. The last thing I wrote was from July, and normally I’m a month-by-month writer. It’s now almost October. It just shows you how busy I am!


The school year has been busy so far, but definitely the start I have been waiting for. Academically, I’m doing the best I’ve ever done to start off a semester. Being someone who has seen pretty average grades throughout my time here, this has been the boost I’ve been expecting. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it up throughout the remainder of the semester.


For clubs, all remains well. Mock Trial is looking good, as we prepare for our first event in late October. I’m going to a Model UN Conference down in D.C. in October as well! Glee Club/Idlers already went to Cape Cod for a three-day long performance weekend. And I got another spot in this year’s play, Rumors! It won’t be the lead like it was last year (I need more time to myself with all these other clubs!) but it’s certainly a funny show with a lot going for it!


Lacrosse is shaping up for a great year. We’re finishing our final lacrosse fall practice tonight, and then it’s into the offseason for four months. We’re finally officially a varsity sport, so the practices have changed, and there’s certainly more pressure. I think we’ll be just fine.


I’m also a Master-At-Arms for Echo Company, which means I run a Department along with the Department Head, but mostly I’m there to help out the 4/c. It’s been great so far, making sure everything is up to par with the fourth class. There’s also a lot of work in being in the External Affairs Department, but it’s been rewarding.


How I’m able to do all this is simple – a positive outlook every day makes it easy and worthwhile for me to do as much as I can with my friends here. It’s definitely true – upperclassmen have it a lot better than the underclassmen do. I think working for those two years made this start to the year as sweet as it is!


More about Sam.