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Two Weeks Until Spring Break

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Another month has quickly passed, and we are only two weeks away from spring break! This past month was very busy with diving and school, but I got through it. We had tons of exams and quizzes the past couple of weeks, but you study one at a time and it ends up being okay. This past weekend the corps was granted a long for President’s day and we were allowed to leave on Friday after school and didn’t have to be back until Monday evening. I had NEWMACS, which is the swimming and diving championship at MIT in Boston. The team left on Thursday afternoon and we didn’t get back until Sunday night late. The competition went really well and the team did great. There were a lot of school records set and NCAA cuts made. They were very long days spent at the pool, but all of the work we have put in this season showed. We have a great group on the team and I had so much fun cheering for everyone. I was able to see "Safe Haven" this weekend with my diving coach and teammates. We all read the book over training trip and decided that we would go see it when it came out in theaters. It was such a good movie, but different from the book.


With spring break only two weeks away, the morale in the corps is high and everyone is excited to have a break. A lot of people are going out of the country with others from school, but I am going home for the week. It will be nice to see my friends and hang out at the beach and on the boat.


The 4/c are starting to take their boards this week and my 4/c has his this evening. He studied so hard and put in so much effort that I know he will be able to successfully pass the test. It is a very nerve wracking experience and it gets scary when you are in a room being asked any question out of a study packet of 48 pages, but with hard work, the questions will seem easy.


Keep working hard and having fun! As always, send any questions my way


More about Sara.


Fun in the Snow

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo Here at the Academy, there are two things that can instantly boost corps-wide morale: late racks and snow days. Last Friday, with winter storm Nemo approaching the Northeast, the base was forced to shut down so that nonessential personnel wouldn’t be trapped on base when the snow began in the afternoon.


Last week was pretty tough on the majority of cadets, so when we found out at breakfast on Friday that all classes were cancelled, it was a welcome surprise. Conditions were projected to be pretty bad, so all cadets were kept on base Friday for safety. As a result, the corps spent the rest of the day studying, sleeping, working out, or fooling around. At night, cadets went out to enjoy the snow. There were snow ball fights, forts, and snow men all over. My roommate, who is from Rwanda, had never seen so much snow in his life! He was not the only one getting his first chance to play in the snow, though. There are many cadets from warm states in the south, so this was the first real snow storm for some of them. In the end, we had an awesome night.


Unfortunately, on Saturday we had to stay inside for most of the day because conditions were too dangerous outside for cadets to be roaming around. In the meantime, we entertained ourselves. Eventually, we were finally allowed out of the barracks again, but no one was allowed off base. However, that didn’t stop more snowball fights, body sledding, and fun in the snow. On Sunday, we were finally granted permission to leave base on libo, so that was a nice end to an awesome weekend.


Overall, it was a great long weekend. Personally, I was able to have fun and still get my work done. After the tough week last week and an equally daunting week this week, it was nice to get Friday off and enjoy the long weekend with all my classmates.


More about Hunter.