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.
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