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Sophomore Academics

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Meyers Photo It’s now almost midterms third class year (sophomore year) and it’s a definite change from last year. Whereas last year was mostly basic introductory courses that everyone had to take, I’m finally taking major-specific classes. As an example, I’m an Electrical Engineering major and this year I’m taking Intro to Computer Programming, Differential Equations, Electrical Engineering I, Physics, Nautical Science I, Ships, Golf, and Racquetball. Last year I took courses like Chem I and II, Calc I and II, Statics, and U.S. Government.

 

It’s nice to finally get into a groove with the material I came here to study. While the work is much harder than last year, it’s also much more rewarding. I can actually enjoy some of the projects I do because they have actual application in my day-to-day work. As an example, because of what I learned in my programming class, I made a simple calculator program to solve for cross products in Physics. Just little things like this are what motivate me to stay in the Electrical Engineering major.

 

On top of the new privileges and the changes from being a 4/c to a 3/c, this year has been far better than last year in just about every aspect. During the summer, I had serious doubts as to whether I wanted to come back here or not, but decided to sleep on it and at least come back for a week. That short time totally transformed my opinion and made me realize why I came here in the first place.

 



More about James.

 

Pushing Through

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo It was no surprise that transitioning back to academics would be a challenge, but I am happy to be an Operations Research major. This semester I am taking Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Physics, Professional Rescuer, American Government, and Organizational Behavior and Leadership. I have not had time to do anything besides schoolwork and volleyball. After volleyball I find myself working out in the gym so I can clear my head before I start my homework. Honestly, it has been difficult not to get lost in the cynicism associated with 3/c year. The role of a 3/c is less defined compared to the roles of the other classes in the corps; it is the transition year from a follower into more of a leader.

 

On the brighter side, the new company I am proud to be in (Hotel Company) is awesome and I have a great group of classmates to share the next 2.75 years with. I will say that life is better now that I do not have to square and take out everyone’s trash. I have more time compared to last year, as well, which is a positive. Now, our class just needs to finish passing our Boards Indoctrination test to get rec gear and Friday night liberty.

 

My parents came down for the MMA game and took my boyfriend and me out to dinner; it was great seeing them, as always, and I am going to see them for Parent’s Weekend, too! I always find it much easier to push through each day when I have little weekends planned with family or friends that I can look forward to.

 



More about Christina.