Nothing quite describes the end of the year at the Academy. First of all, the cadets are a mix of absolutely excited to go on Winter Break, and at the same time annoyed at the fact that they are still here in New London. Thanksgiving Leave is a bit of a tease, so it puts a saltiness in the mouths of cadets as to how they feel.
For myself, I’m definitely more on the excited side. Rolling in with high grades into finals is a…we’ll say new experience for me. Going at finals will be different; rather than saving my grade, I just have to keep it up! I’m not too worried, and so that should end up giving me my highest GPA here to date. As for theater and music, we just finished our performance of Rumors, which went marvelously. On top of that, the Idlers finished our annual Christmas at the Griswold Inn performance which was also excellent! We have the Governor’s Mansion Performance as well as the Lights and Carols Service remaining, two big hits for the group. I also got cast (against my will) into the musical, Guys and Dolls, so that will be coming up in springtime as well!
My tenure as a Master-At-Arms is coming to an end, and I’ve really enjoyed the position. Having 11 4/c under my wing to work with and mentor has been nothing short of fun, interesting, and difficult. Changing them from swabs to 4/c was not necessarily an easy task, but it was a rewarding one. Most of them are fully developed into the corps, especially in Echo. Working alongside the Guidon and other 2 MAAs, I can say I’m really proud of the work we did.
Just a few more projects, quizzes, and tests away from being totally done with my fifth semester at CGA. It’s gone by way too fast. Soon enough, we’ll be putting in for our 1/c summer, and after that… well, who knows?
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