Skip Navigation Links
FacebookFlickrTwitterYou Tube
<< May 2013 >>
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

cadet blogs

3/c Summer!

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Wright Photo It’s crazy to think that freshman year is almost over. It seems like just yesterday that I drove in the front gate with my parents and began this journey. I’m glad freshman year is over, though, it was definitely tough but I know this place well enough to know that it’s not going to get any easier.


There are a lot of exciting things coming my way in these next few months starting with tomorrow when we find out our new companies. Since Reporting-In day I have been with the same group of 28 freshmen and they have become some of my best friends, but I don’t know my other classmates too well. When we switch companies we will remain in those companies until we graduate the Academy. I’m pretty nervous to see where I end up but it’s also pretty exciting. Then, next week is finals week and within no time I’ll be on Eagle for five weeks with my 121 classmates, sailing the Caribbean. I can’t wait! The first two weeks we will be underway with no stops! I m hoping that I don’t get too seasick; when we get to our first port call in Aruba I’m pretty sure we will all be more than excited to see land again. Then we sail to Guantanamo Bay and finally St. Petersburg, Florida where the rest of my classmates will get on Eagle and I will head to the Academy for summer school. Since I am majoring in engineering and started in Introduction to Calculus I’ll be taking Calc II in summer school. I’ll be back at the Academy for six weeks with about 40 of my classmates and from what I have heard, we have a pretty good time. We are here when the class of 2017 reports in so we will be sure to get some good video footage of that. Finally to wrap up my summer I have three weeks of leave and during that time I’ll be attending the Oshkosh Air show in Wisconsin! Before coming to the Academy I attended the air show every summer, and with missing last year due to Swab Summer I’m ecstatic to join my family there this year. Then, back home to Texas for some good ol’ Texas heat before starting my second year back at the Academy.


I’m ready for a change of pace after my first year and there is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming weeks. I have learned a lot this year and if there was any advice I could give to incoming freshman, as cliché as it sounds, I would say rely on your friends to get through it. There are a lot of overwhelming times here, especially during 4/c year, and it’s impossible to get through on your own. I know that the people I have gone through this year with are the ones that are going to be in my life for years to come, well beyond our Academy years.


So have a great summer! And good luck class of 2017!


More about Jessica.


One Day More

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo Tomorrow is the last day of classes for me 3/c year, which is completely unbelievable. Although time has gone by so fast that I still feel like a swab sometimes and I am almost halfway to graduating!


The spring semester was probably the most challenging academically for me, although I’m proud with how classes have worked out. As of this moment, I have completed my first navigation brief, written my first 30-page paper, finished two additional group projects, taken two tests, and finished another 14-page paper, all due, by the way, within four days of each other. I think of my only final (Physics) as a reward for finishing this past week with my sanity intact. To recover I am planning on (eventually) sleeping for approximately two full days when I go home for break.


After a couple of months of our spring season, the women’s soccer team pulled away with two wins (shutouts) in our tournament last weekend! It was nice to see how our hard work in the offseason paid off during both of our games.


Looking ahead to leave, I am excited to focus all of my energy toward mentally and physically preparing for Swab Summer. I feel that it is important to be able to do absolutely every exercise and more with the swabs in order to be a respected leader, and also be able to intrinsically motivate them. My classmates and I have already started preparing specific things for certain situations as well as funny things we can pull off when the time is right.


More about Lindsay.