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Spring Fun

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Chavarria-Aguilar Photo With the “Dark Ages” behind me I am eagerly counting down the weeks until our spring semester concludes. But first, I’ve got to explain just how amazing this past month has been. For Spring Leave, I went with the crew team to train in Deland, Florida. Although the majority of our time was spent rowing, it was great to finally soak up some warm weather and take a break from academics. I have many fond memories from our trip, as well as a strong sense of camaraderie with the team. That is one of the main reasons I love rowing; it is, in my opinion, the only sport that truly epitomizes teamwork. Now, with a week’s worth of hard work and training under our belts, I am looking forward to what we can do in our upcoming races.


On another note, my classmates and I got to celebrate at our 4/c Spring Formal on March 17th, which happens be St. Patrick’s Day and my birthday. Boy did we have a ball (no pun intended). After enjoying a scrumptious filet mignon dinner, my shipmates and I strolled down to Leamy Hall for the unveiling of our class crest. As a part of the 2015 class crest committee, I had the opportunity to contribute to the design of the crest. It was a once in a lifetime experience, working with my shipmates and professional artists to create something unique to our class. I wouldn’t change a thing about our crest, and I believe the feeling is mutual throughout 2015.


Before I conclude, I would like to mention that my academics this semester have been just as challenging, if not more so, than the those from fall. Participating in a varsity sport and managing 21 credit hours of work is not an easy task. With this in mind I had to make my final decision about what major I want to pursue – Mechanical Engineering. Although the task ahead seems daunting, I know for a fact that it is doable. Remember, it’s all in your state of mind. If you want something bad enough, say… an appointment the CGA, then you will get it. Good luck to those applying, and please, if you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.


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When Everything Does Not Go Well

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo I know that I’ve written a lot of positive blogs about how great life here is at the Academy, but sometimes life has downsides. One of the downsides is that when things hit the fan, they hit the fan in spectacular fashion… The past few weeks have been rough for the fourth-class as we settle into the final push to the end of the semester.


Boards has been a rough process. We had several indoctrination exams leading to Boards on the weekend of 14APR2012. Some we did well on, and others not. What we learned as a class from these exams is the need to stick together…and we have. Boards itself was a fiasco. Right now, they are conducting investigations into what exactly went wrong, and how bad the damage is, but rest assured that it is bad. Our class’ reputation has been forever tarnished by all the cheating. But we are coming together as a class in this time of trial and tribulation, which is the silver lining in the whole mess. Furthermore, the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 won’t have the opportunity to mess up the way 2014 and we did, because we will work to make sure this never happens again. Right now, we are being punished harshly, but sooner we will make leaps forward.


Speaking of leaps forward, we received our summer assignments the other day! I am going to Texas for six weeks, followed by Eagle for five weeks. I’m really excited, even with all the confusion about summer assignments. It’ll be a fun summer—hopefully I will get a lot of quals. I know this sounds crazy, but my goal is to get pepper-sprayed and qualify on pistol and rifle while in Texas. I’ll let you know how it goes.


2016, sit ready. You are going to have a great summer and a good school year! Good luck! As always, email me at with any questions.


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