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Extended Opportunity 1/c Cadet

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Quintero Photo The spring semester has finally come to a close! The last couple of weeks in the semester at the Academy are always very busy, because it seems like the professors throw all the projects and papers toward the end. I remember thinking at the beginning of the semester how easy school was, and I knew it meant that school would get harder toward the end.

 

A year ago when I was a 2/c (junior) I was preparing to go spend my summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 110-foot cutter. The experience I gained in migrant and drug interdiction was once in a lifetime. I am actually an “Extended Opportunity 1/c Cadet,” which in simple terms means I am a super senior!! Since I failed some classes as an underclass I was disenrolled from the Academy after my sophomore year. The Academy always gives cadets a chance to write an appeal to the disenrollment. Due to my extenuating circumstances going on at home, I was essentially given a second chance. So as long as I got better grades, I would be allowed to stay at the Academy. The experience of being disenrolled changed my life around at the Academy, it made me appreciate the Academy more and it also allowed me to mature. From then on I took my studies very seriously and strived to do better. As a cadet struggling academically, I ar was placed on “academic probation.” This meant that I had the same liberty of a 4/c (freshmen), wasn’t allowed out on Fridays or out past 1a.m. on Sunday mornings. The upperclass also keep an eye on your grades to ensure you are staying focused. All these measures are put in place for the cadet’s success. I am thankful to have the opportunity to extend and at the same time get more time to mature. Out of my class 7 students are extending. Some of us are a full year extension and others it is only a half year. We will have to do a lot of things over again, like our first class summer tour. I will not be going on a boat in the Caribbean this summer, but instead will spend my summer on a 270-foot cutter out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The thing I’m going to miss the most about being extended is all the friends I made in my class but I can’t wait to join them out in the fleet!!

 



More about Carlos.

 

Last Words: 4/c Year

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo With finals fast approaching, the end of the school year is speeding by. It slowed to a snails crawl until yesterday, when I went to the clinic to get my typhoid shot required for my summer in the Caribbean. Tomorrow night the 4/c will find out our new companies! There’s only three more days left of school, and then finals! I’m boarding Eagle bound for the Caribbean the day after finals, and it is right around the corner.

 

I met with my Academic advisor and received my course enrollment form with all of the classes I’m taking next semester when I get back. Many people say 4/c year is the hardest one at the Academy, and while there is a bit of truth to that statement, it is not entirely true for me. Next semester I am actually taking more credits than this semester, and while it will be difficult, I am looking forward to the challenge of Calculus II, Ships and Maritime Systems, and Physics. It’s going to be rough, but I’ll get through it. On the other hand, as a Government major, I get to take Principles of American Government in sections with only other rising 3/c Government majors. It’s going to be great to get to know the other members of my class that I will be spending the most time with in the Government course matrix.

 

There are plenty of opportunities here to expand your intellectual horizons, both inside and outside the classroom. This semester, I had the privilege of being part of the CGA Honors Program, the Cadet Literary Magazine, and Model United Nations Team. I was selected to be part of the Cadet Academic Advisory Board with Dean Colella, and I was honored to be part of a group of people WAY smarter than me discussing the status of academics at the Academy. I was quiet most of the time, but it was interesting and profound to be part of a group bridging the Academics division and the Corps of Cadets.

 

This year, although not over, was great. Objectively, it was a year spent developing good habits: good study habits, good social habits, and, quite frankly, questionable sleeping habits. It is quite amazing to go to school with everyone who knows your name, and for you to know everyone’s name around you. I have been honored and privileged to be part of the Green Shield Experience this year. Go Bears, go books, go 2017! Can’t wait to put on those red shield in the coming weeks.

 

 


More about William.

 

No Longer a 4/c

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ledzian Photo Under a month to go until summer assignments! There is one last round of exams, a few more track meets, and projects that have to be done. It seems as if summer is within my grasp and yet there is so much to do until I can leave. After what seemed like an eternity, boards came and went, everyone passed, and we have wardroom carry-on. It’s weird that we have been braced up in the wardroom for nine months but after three weeks of wardroom carry-on I can’t imagine ever going back. The privilege of being a normal human being is slowly returning.

 

On the subject of humanity, winter seems to have abated at last. For the first time in months I can feel the sun again and we can (occasionally) wear uniforms without windbreakers or parkas. The weather is even nice enough to sit out on the infield during track meets. As of now the countdown is in full swing, closer to Eagle, and closer to no longer being a 4/c!

 

 


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End of 4/c Year Update

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ritchie Photo As the number of days to go until graduation reaches the 40’s and the temperature outside finally rises above 40, things start to get crazy at the Academy. There are more military trainings to prepare each class for the summer, providing us with both information for our work in the fleet and warnings to be careful during our time on leave. This summer, I’ll be spending five weeks on Eagle, sailing to the Caribbean, and six weeks at a small boat station in Florida. Every year, the upcoming 3/c spend part of their summer training on Eagle and part of the summer at an assignment in the fleet or in summer school. These experiences offer us the opportunity to employ what we learned in our 4/c Navigation class throughout the year as well as provide us the opportunity to learn and grow more as future officers. The weeks are winding down quickly, and I’m really looking forward to it.

 

At the end of the school year, I remember teachers in high school would always try to cram in all the rest of the material they were supposed to cover in a course; it made the last few weeks really stressful. Here, other than finals week, 4/c cadets usually have at most two exams per week. There are exam periods on Tuesday and Thursday where the officers and professors who teach 4/c courses schedule exams so they don’t overlap, and no one gets stuck taking two exams in one day. The only place where this doesn’t apply is in Navigation Lab where it is possible to have a Nav Lab exam after another exam in the morning. The system really helps me to stay focused and study more efficiently for one subject at a time.

 

My class finished passing our boards soon after spring break, but we still haven’t been granted carry-on. Almost all of the upper-class say we deserve it and we’ve earned it, so the decision is just waiting on command. There are rumors that we will be granted carry-on for finals week, which gives us something to look forward to for now. The weather has been the main thing keeping my morale up. The much-needed sunshine and warmth have really helped me to renew a positive outlook, and it feels so nice to finally be in short sleeves again. I’m hoping for smooth sailing through the rest of the semester.

 

 


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A Wild Ride

(Academics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Mason Photo One of the coolest things I did this month was going on my Capstone trip to San Juan. It was so much fun! We had a meeting with the engineering officers on base, and the rest of our time was spent soaking in the sun and dancing. Our trip also took place over Super Bowl Sunday, so we got to enjoy that as well. I really missed the island, but every time I go back I find new things that I love about it. It would definitely be a challenge to live there, since the lifestyle is SO different from “the mainland” but I love the food, the beach, the sun, and the colors! The culture always amazes me. I’m pretty sure every woman in Puerto Rico could be a professional dancer. The way they move is mesmerizing.

 

For some bittersweet news, I’ve found out that I have to have surgery on my ankle from when I tore my ATFL last semester. However, I’m financially tied into going to Haiti again for a mission trip over spring break, so I have to wait until the middle of March. This wouldn’t be a problem for any other year, but my commissioning date is hanging in the balance! Basically if I am not healed enough to go onboard a ship and work by graduation (May 21st) I have to stay here at the Academy until I am, which means I can’t take my 30 days of leave until I am ready to commission, and that could potentially affect my billet. But I’m going to stay positive and hope for the best. Everything happens for a reason right? So if I do have to stay here for a while after, I’ll just have to make the best of it.

 

This next month will be the most exciting until graduation. Billets! And Haiti! And Surgery! It’s going to be a wild ride.

 

 


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