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cadet blogs

Amethyst Month

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo I cannot believe it is almost midterms of second semester third class year. February was honestly a blur; I am still enjoying my mathematics courses and I am improving my racquetball skills. We had a snow day during “Nemo,” which was wonderful. A few of my friends and I trekked down to the waterfront and watched the sunset and played in the snow. Unfortunately, that weekend we did not get an opportunity to leave on liberty since the weather was snowy and dangerous, but it made for a few days of movie watching and catching up on homework of course.


We found out our 2/c summer assignments, which is unreal since I bean-sprouted (shadowed a cadet for a day) exactly two Februaries ago in 2011. It is amazing to think we are almost halfway through our cadet careers. Only 4.5 semesters to go!


I have been working out a lot on my own to stay in shape. I have specifically been working on cardio because I can let my mind wander, reflect on the positives from the day, and mentally prepare myself for any upcoming academic challenges.


February is my favorite month because it has the birthstone of amethyst, which is one of my favorite colors, and is also my birthstone. Spring break is right around the corner and that means I can finally visit my sister in Tampa!


More about Christina.


Keep Calm and Carry On

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Chavarria-Aguilar Photo There isn’t much that I have to say about this last month of my first semester as a 3/c cadet. All I know is that it feels as if there is way too much work to accomplish, but no time to do it. Looking up at my bookshelf, I now notice that it is lined with more books than ever, ranging from mechanical engineering textbooks, to applied naval architecture books, to books on the fundamentals of multivariable calculus, to Dutton’s infamous novel on nautical navigation. And I must admit, squeezed in between these dense publications is a Calculus for Dummies manual that I refer to from time to time. At the end of the line is a smaller text, a book of snarky and inspirational quotes, titled Keep Calm and Carry On.


Reading the title reminds me of two things: hipsters (of course) and an important life lesson. No matter what you get yourself into, no matter the goals that you have yet to achieve, no matter the never-ending list of things to do, just step back, take a breath and relax. Looking at the bigger picture here, I have a lot to be thankful for, so there is no reason to over-stress about my workload and upcoming final exams. If I’ve made it this far, then there is no reason I can’t make it through these last few weeks.


More about Alexis.