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cadet blogs


(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Meyers Photo At this point in the year, the workload really starts to pile up. With boards coming up (a test of ALL our 4/c knowledge), classes coming to a close, and other obligations, the amount spent each day just relaxing starts to decrease. Don’t get me wrong, most days I don’t mind being busy, in fact, usually if I’m busy one day, it means I’ve done more than one day’s work and I can relax the next day. Unfortunately, that only works if you manage your time well. There are really two options to getting everything that needs to be done finished.


The first option would be to put everything off until the last minute, rushing to get it done then. I’ve tried doing work this way and all it leads to is an irregular sleep pattern, lower quality work, and a need for caffeine. By letting my workload and due dates dictate when and how I do my work, it actually adds stress to my day, and when I do this for multiple days, the lack of sleep can really add up.


The second option would be to plan ahead and use your free time wisely. Instead of totally relaxing every weekend and not doing any work, setting aside even a couple hours on a Sunday to do work to get ahead for the week can make a major impact on the rest of your week. One of my teachers put it this way. “Every weekend is a challenge. You can choose to get ahead, or let yourself get behind.” And this is true. You would think that giving up your few liberty hours to do homework would be awful, but in the long run, you’ll have more free time during the week. That way you can enjoy both your weekends and your weekdays.


More about James.



(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement) Permanent link
Glock Photo I took a multi-day trip to D.C. with a group of Government majors. We sat in on many presentations and took several tours, including the Capital, Senate, House, original Supreme Court, and more. We also went to the DEA and the Intelligence University where I want to go for graduate school. In addition, we went to the State Department and receieved a tour of the reception rooms where Presidents and Secretaries have hosted guests for decades. This room, I learned, contains the original George Washington painting that is depicted on the one dollar bill. I also saw the original Treaty of Paris and stood in the same room that Hillary Clinton gave a speech in just a few hours later.


Government is the perfect major for me. I love having the opportunity to take trips like this, and there are not many colleges that afford the same unique opportunities (many of the special tours and presentations require a secret clearance).


More about George.


Three and a Half More Weeks

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo It’s hard to piece together this year. It had its ups and it had its downs. Now that we only have a few more weeks left, Boards, finals, Challenge of the Guardian, Summer Assignments, everything is weighing us down heavily and we are all just ready for it to be over. Last night we had the Poetry Slam, where a poem from every class was read by its writer in a face off with all the other class’s poems, and it made me realize how much our class relies on each other. This year truly did bring us together closer as a class. Seeing everybody stand up and cheer for almost every poem that was presented while still maintaining our professionalism and respect for all the other performers was pretty nice to see. We all have each other’s backs no matter what we go through, and I have seen that develop throughout this year and it has been such a great experience to be a part of that! We see the end in sight and its gotten to the point where we are all motivating each other to keep going, to just finish out 4/c year. It’s been hard but only a few more weeks and then we will finally be done.


More about Samantha.


First Race of the Season!

(Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo I know that I have written about almost every aspect of my life in my last few posts, but this one will be exclusively about crew. Yesterday, 31MAR2012, we had our first race of the spring season against Wesleyan University. We woke up around 0600 (on a Saturday when we could’ve slept in all day because there was no morning formation!) to ride the bus for an hour to Middletown, Connecticut. It was pretty wet and cold also, but I was so nervous I barely noticed.


I coxed two races: the Men’s Novice 4 and the Men’s Novice 8. (A four and an eight are just that: a boat with four rowers or eight rowers). A 2K is intense. We won in the four, but lost by two boat lengths in the eight, unfortunately. However, we know what we need to work on for the next race, after Easter. I wish I could put exactly how I feel about crew into words, but it’s almost impossible! If you come here, you’ll have to try it for yourself.


The two highlights of my day were getting the Wesleyan cox’s shirt and being told my 4/c Luke Carani (my stroke seat) that I did really well, and helped him push through the last 1000 meters of the race. It is a crew tradition that the winning team gets the t-shirts from the losing team, and vice versa. Now 4/c Bryce Monaco, 4/c Alex Kloo, 3/c Ben McKeathen, Luke, and I all have one win under our belt! I really want to win more! Hearing Luke tell me that I did a good job motivating him to finish his third race of the day (poor him!) paid off for all the work I’ve put into this season. From here, it’ll only get better…


Our next race is two weeks away. So, the cycle starts all over again! As always, email me at if you need anything.


More about Peter.