One of the highlights of many students’ college careers is the ability to study abroad for a semester. While that opportunity doesn’t exist in the traditional sense here at CGA, there is the Service Academy Exchange Program or SAEP. Each fall semester roughly ten cadets are allowed to go to one of the other military academies to experience life as a student there, take their classes and to learn about military sciences and leadership from their perspective. I have the opportunity to go to West Point next semester. Because West Point is so much larger, they offer many more classes than we do here, which allows me to take more unique or specialized major classes that we do not have the resources to offer here. In addition to that, I will get to experience the military training aspect of another service academy. The different leadership approach taught at West Point is something that I will hopefully be able to bring back to CGA and use as a cadet and as an officer.
Another aspect I am excited about is the fact that I will still be able to row. West Point has a crew team, and we competed against them in the Head of the Charles this year. There is a little tradition running as well, with someone from the CGA crew team being sent to USMA to row there, and I am glad to keep that tradition going for the 5th year in a row. With any luck, I should be able to transition to their crew team without missing a beat, and bring a new perspective back to CGA. I am looking forward to a change of scenery for next semester.
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