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Changing Things Up this Semester

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2024) Permanent link
Isabel Jimenez

Well, I must say, we are in the midst of an intense semester… Even though there is a pandemic going on, it is quite difficult at a military academy regardless of COVID-19. Since February, academics have picked up as well as the military duties & obligations. Some of these include more drill, more FRAWs, and more of what the military academy day used to look like…

In a normal year, each company must perform a Regimental Review which means marching on the Washington Parade Field in section. The firsties (seniors at the Academy), all have swords while the under-classmen carry rifles. In the past, I’ve heard there were Regimental Reviews every weekend (I’m not sure if that meant Friday or Saturday), but I know they practiced Friday mornings for drill. Our class does not quite know what that experience is like, but regardless we are adventuring new waters! Literally & figuratively.

As for me, I changed some things up. Last semester I played rugby, but this semester I wanted to try something new, so I joined Women’s Rowing/Crew. It’s a NCAA, Division 3 sport, which basically means it’s more of a time commitment than a club sport – but the people there definitely make it a great community. So, when I meant I spent more time adventuring new waters, I meant it in the literal sense because I’ve definitely had the opportunity to spend more time on Thames River (only to get splashed by the salty sea water when the water gets rough). The funny thing is, every time that I get splashed with waves, I have to keep reminding myself that I’m on the East Coast. Random side note: I’m from Wisconsin. This means that anytime I’ve interacted with a large body of water, it has been Lake Michigan – and Lake Michigan is a freshwater lake. Sometimes I get splashed with water (in the face of course), and I lick my lips only to realize it’s very salty!!! If you got splashed in the face in Wisconsin (from Lake Michigan of course), there is no salt because it’s a freshwater body. I don’t know, maybe it’s just a Midwest thing to have to keep reminding yourself in the East Coast and the water is saltier than not…

Anywho, April is our last month, so we just need to make it through our last four weeks of classes. They are definitely going to be quite difficult, but with perseverance and dedication (and God of course) – all things are possible. Oh! And for majors, I decided to switch my major to Cyber, but if you have any questions on the majors – I can definitely point you in the right direction if I can’t give you an adequate answer, we’re all here to help! But I’m going to wait a little, see how the major goes, and then write something of that sort in a blog. I definitely want to give a better perspective about what I learn about in the major – because I don’t know everything yet and there are a few things to learn. I’m discovering whole new adventures, and there is always something new to find!

Until next time, see you later my sea-going friends! Feel free to reach out to me at any time, [email protected].

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Billet Night Reflection

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2021) Permanent link
Katherine Doty

Thursday, March 4th was a momentous day for many members of the Class of 2021. Billet Night, as it is commonly referred to, is the night where first class cadets discover where they will be stationed for the next 2-3 years. For the Class of 2021, the options included Deck Watch Officer or Engineering Officer in Training aboard cutters, Student Aviator at Naval Flight School, Marine Inspector at a sector or other marine safety unit, or Watchstander at the Cyber Security Operations Center.

The night began with a lovely dinner in the cadet wardroom. We then headed to the Leamy Hall Auditorium for the presentation of billets. The entire auditorium felt like a step into a different world because there was so much excitement and rejoicing. As everyone can attest, the past year has been difficult in many ways. This was an opportunity for the Class of 2021 to take a break from all of the stress and get excited for the next chapter of our lives.

Since Billet Night, we have been busy talking with our new units, apartment hunting, and working to finish our last semester of college strong. Because we will be scattered from our classmates very soon, everyone is doing their best to enjoy the last few weeks with our friends.

May 19th, here we come!!!

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