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Doing What You Love

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo A popular question I have been getting from many 4/c lately has been “What major do I pick?” It’s about that time of the year when 4/c choose the major they would like to pursue for their remaining time at the Academy. Cadets are told that certain majors can lead to certain officer career paths, and extrapolating that far ahead into our career, especially as a 4/c, can be pretty intimidating. However, I always end up giving the same advice, regardless of the career path a 4/c may be contemplating. It’s quite simple: do what you love, and don’t be afraid to experiment!


I was originally a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering major. And then I switched to Marine and Environmental Sciences. But I finally settled on Government. It sounds a little crazy, and maybe a bit scatterbrained, but I wanted to make sure that whatever I was planning on studying for the next three years would make my time at the Academy a little more bearable. After testing out most of the majors offered at the Academy, I am happy with the choice I’ve made. I find the world, people’s interactions, and different cultures fascinating; not to mention I love reading and writing. Majoring in Government, with an International Affairs focus, allows me to study those things while also giving me some free space to pursue classes from other majors. I intend on taking some MES courses as a 1/c and 2/c to cover all of my passions and interests.


So basically what I’m suggesting to the 4/c is to not get caught up in the pressures here to study certain majors. Many (perhaps most) things cadets do are predetermined and prescribed. What we study and the classes we take are one of the things that we actually have influence over (after 4/c year, of course). Figure out what you like to do first, and then select a major. Don’t sit there and ponder life, trying to predict your future. Just because you may want to be an aviator now doesn’t mean you “should” study mechanical engineering to better your chances – you may not even want to fly in three years, anyways! But what is for certain is what you will enjoy in the present moment. So make a choice in the best interest of your happiness! If you do what you love in life, life will love you back.


More about Allie.


A Delicate Balance

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo I can’t believe a month has already gone by since I started this semester! I am definitely a lot busier than I was last semester! I have a couple more classes, and overall my homework load this semester is greater. It’s been nice being busy though – I actually enjoy being able to check things off a list, whether it be homework, military, or sports obligations – feeling accomplished is great.


I’ve gotten my fair share of breaks from school though. I’ve spent most of my weekends either away in Boston with friends, on hockey trips to places like New Hampshire or Massachusetts, or just down the road to Waterford to spend time with my sponsor family. We also have had an early dismissal for snow, a delay due to snow, and a snow day in the past month; all of which were awesome breaks from school. Presidents Day is coming up next weekend and I’ve got plans to go see Brad Paisley and Chris Young at Mohegan Sun and then go skiing in Maine for the rest of the weekend! I’m super excited. Even though the Academy loads you up with a lot of different types of obligations, sports, military and academic, once you learn to balance everything it is relatively easy to make time for yourself. It’s already been a great semester because I figured out the balance early and have set a routine.


We also just recently put in our requests for what cadre section we want this summer. This summer I will be a cadre in charge of training the incoming swabs in the Class of 2018. It’s pretty exciting; it marks your halfway point through the Academy and it gives you your first real exposure to key leadership positions. Along with cadre, I will also go to the range to get qualified in shooting a pistol, go to an air station for a week, and go coastal sailing for a couple weeks. There will also be some training in there but overall I’ve heard it’s the best summer experience you get at the Academy; and the summers are definitely what make the Academy worth it.


For now, I’ll just be waiting for spring break. I’m going to Disney World and Harry Potter World in Orlando with some friends! I have thirty days to go and I plan on powering through this last month so I have no worries when I’m having fun in the sun.


More about Jade.