In honor of March Madness, we’ve been asked to write a little bit about our four most memorable Academy-related experiences. So, in no particular order, here they are!
Swab Summer— Definitely one of the most memorable; it’s impossible to forget because it is what most people talk about 4/c year. It also took up a pretty sizeable chunk of summer, lasting seven weeks. But it’s also memorable because it does change you and forces you to realize that you are really part of the military. Even though it is not the most enjoyable way to spend the summer, it is worth it, in the end.
Crew/“Spreak”—This was the first year I rowed, and I really enjoyed it. It was a good team sport that allowed me to meet a lot of good people and also forced me to stay in shape. For Spring Break—or “spreak”—the crew team went to Deland, Florida. While I couldn’t participate in a lot of the rowing activities because of an injury, it was a lot of fun going to Florida with the team.
Hurricane Sandy—Hurricane Sandy led to two of the best days of first semester. For starters, my class received running suits. Running suits can be worn to dinner instead of a uniform, which meant that after sports practices I no longer had to change into a uniform and instead could throw on my running suit pants. I also got to bond with a few of my classmates and just goof off a little and relax.
Passing Boards—After I passed Boards, I received the ability to write on my whiteboard and play music out loud. These were both great things, but the best part was no longer having to worry about taking Boards and also knowing that carry-on for my class was a little closer.
There’s still a few more of my classmates that need to take and pass Boards before we get carry-on, but once we do that will definitely be a memorable experience!
As always, if you have any questions for me I can be reached at Caroline.Miller1@uscga.edu!
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