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Second Class Year

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link   All Posts
 Alexa Ward It seems strange to begin here, partway through my second year at the Academy, but here I am. Now, more than halfway through the first semester, I’m finally getting used to my role as a third class. No more do I feel the aversion to being addressed as “Miss Ward, ma’am,” and I have found myself accustomed to the fourth class emptying my trash and recyclables daily. It seems like my days of squaring and greeting are so far away, even though I know they were only a few short months ago. My sister can attest that I have forgotten how annoying it was to walk up a staircase with someone who could walk up the center, or how difficult it was to avoid upper-class as they weave through the hallways. Regardless, she keeps me mindful that not even a year ago, I was in her position.

These past few months have been hectic. The women’s rugby team moved up to Division II this year, and we made it to playoffs! After a spectacular season with three wins, one tie, and one loss, we exceeded everyone’s expectations by coming in second in our district. Unfortunately, we lost our first playoff game against Boston University and now the season is over. Better luck for next year, I guess. Our B-side players (almost all of them new to rugby) were spectacular with a 6-0 record, and I can’t wait to play with them again next year.

As far as academics go, I’m relieved to finally be out of the standard freshman classes and in subjects that truly interest me. My favorite class right now is probably Mechanics of Materials because it tells me why structures are built with certain materials in a specific way. In the past I was always the child who asked “why?” and now I’m finally getting my questions answered.

Speaking of which, if you have any questions for me, feel free to send me an email at

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