I’m looking at my ticker for graduation and it tells me that there are 560 days until the Class of 2017 graduates. How the time has flown by this semester. October’s highlights include the Model United Nations (MUN) team attending the MUN Conference in New York City, Halloween dinner, and of course, midterm exams.
I went to Columbia University for the Model UN Conference and I had a great experience. This wasn’t my first rodeo—I’ve gone to five conferences since I started at the Academy. I’ve attended National MUN in Washington D.C., West Point Security Conference and New York University MUN Conference. Columbia’s conference was fast paced, and I was a member of the Soviet Union 1950s historical committee, debating with delegates from Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, and other big name schools about where we should take the USSR on the world stage. I learned about how the USSR functioned during the 20th century, and sharpened my debating and parliamentary procedure skills. In November, I along with other members of the team, will be running simulations to get us ready for the West Point Security Conference in February. Some team members are also traveling to Rome, Italy for Harvard World MUN in the spring semester.
Halloween dinner this year was a blast. Cadets in all classes donned their costumes for dinner in the cadet wardroom and then stormed The Hill, where the Admiral and the other top officers live. The exchange cadet in my company and I swapped uniforms for the dinner and we went as “Swab and Sarge.” I wore the famous West Point grays, while he was dressed up as a swab.
Midterms came and went, and there was one week where I had four exams! This semester has gone very well academically, and I am finally getting into higher level elective classes. My favorite class is Human Resources Management, where the topics range from pay policy to handling cases of discrimination. It’s an interesting class, and my enthusiasm for law and labor relations is growing. Soon, Thanksgiving will be on its way (only 22 more days)!
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