It’s been a while since I posted a blog, but I’m back from a bit of a blogging hiatus…
A lot has happened since I last posted, so I’ll bring you all up to speed.
I just started my 2/c class year, after finishing up an amazing summer where I participated in many different training programs such as Coastal Sail Training, range qualification, and Rules of the Road. I was an AIM cadre, so I worked with the rising high school seniors who were accepted to the AIM Program. My cadre section and I gave them a basic indoctrination to the military and taught them about the Academy, so they could make an informed decision as to whether or not the USCGA is right for them.
School started in late August, and we’re almost to midterms. Thus far, I love my classes! This is my first semester at the Academy where all of the classes that I’m taking are in my major. I’m a Government major with a concentration in Public Policy and Law.
I’m really enjoying Spanish (this is a requirement for all Government majors). My instructor is patient, always has a positive attitude and a joke to share, and he truly knows his craft and how to teach topics in multiple ways to help his students understand the material. Above all, he creates an environment where it’s okay to fail or not fully understand what’s going on. He reinforces what we learn in assigned reading and homework through different types of in-class exercises ranging from written work to speaking with my peers and online quizzes that offer immediate feedback on where I’m struggling. I have this class four times a week, and I look forward to it.
I am also really enjoying National Security Policy. Aside from reading about national security policies and directives, this class is teaching me how to look at various historical and current events, as well as policies, more critically. Weekly we delve into various national security topics and determine what the larger impact is on American security and interests. It’s started to transform the way that I look at various domestic and foreign issues… It’s almost like I’m searching for a deeper meaning, as I try to understand the overall scope and impact that an issue may have on relations and security.
Crew season is in full swing—we’re halfway through the fall season. We had our first regatta in September and the Men’s and Women’s teams both did really well. I was the coxswain for the Women’s Varsity Open 4+, and we came in second place. Lately, the weather has been beautiful and the water has been great for afternoon practice. The women’s team will be competing at our second regatta this weekend in Hartford. After this race, we have one more race before we gear up to compete at Head of the Charles in Boston, Massachusetts later this month. Head of the Charles is one of the largest regattas in the world. It has more than 1,400 crews that come from all over the world to race. It’s a 5k row on the Charles River, and the entire racecourse is lined with spectators. I competed at Head of the Charles last year, and in my opinion, it is one of the most exhilarating and humbling races because the crews that compete are some of the best in the world. It’s just as much a coxswain’s race, as it is a rower’s race. The course is laced with turns that wind through bridges and boats are everywhere. I’m looking forward to steering down the Charles later this month.
With October here I’m looking forward to finishing up the crew season and midterms, and enjoying the beautiful fall weather here in New England. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. Go Bears!
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