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2/c Summer Experience and Quarantine

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link   All Posts
Ali Kneiblher

My 2/c summer exceeded my expectations. It was different than in years past due to COVID-19, but I still had a great time and learned a lot. The highlight of my summer was being cadre. It brought me closer to my classmates both within and outside of my company. I learned a lot about myself as a leader. I was a Chase Hall phase 2 cadre. The days were long, and it was a lot of work, but it was rewarding to see the swabs transition to 4/c cadets and know that I had a lasting impact on them. I have never sweat so much in my life. I realized that my cadre were not exaggerating when they said that they got less sleep than we did as swabs. I can say that I definitely felt more tired as a cadre than I did as a swab.

The other two highlights from my summer were coastal sail and t-boats. T-boats was a good exposure to hands-on ship driving and I am excited to do more with t-boats this upcoming school year. Coastal sail was an absolute blast. Coastal sail was the last part of my summer training and it was a great way to end it. It taught me a lot about sailing and showed how fun sailing can be. I enjoyed anchoring and getting to do swim calls. My group was fortunate because both days we had coastal sail the weather was perfect for sailing.

Coming back to the Academy for summer training was difficult for me at first. I enjoyed the time I got to be at home and spend with my family during quarantine. Adjusting from in-person classes at the Academy to virtual classes at home was difficult at first, but I got into a routine and was able to be successful. During my time back at home, I started to learn bass guitar, which is something I have wanted to do for years. I also ended up getting a new cat while I was at home so I grateful to be there for that.

Now that summer training has ended, I am happy that we were able to come back to the Academy to complete summer training. The summers here at the Academy are definitely something to look forward to and help motivate me to keep going. This summer brought me closer to my classmates and helped me gain a lot of new experiences and insight. This summer taught me a lot about being adaptable. Due to COVID restrictions, we had to remain flexible and adapt to be able to complete summer training in a safe manner following the proper guidelines. I am looking forward to the school year and seeing how I can utilize the lessons I learned this summer to be a better leader.

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