So far this semester, I have watched the Class of 2015, my class, lead the Corps of Cadets. It has been a pleasant surprise watching my class lead with maturity. Especially this semester, I am really happy to be a part of the Class of 2015 and seeing a lot of my classmates lead with compassion for others.
I remember back in 4/c year, my class was struggling and the command had very mixed feelings about us. However, throughout the years we have really grown and taken to heart the good and bad leadership styles of the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014. I am so happy and impressed with the way my classmates are treating underclassmen. It was very rewarding to hear the 4/c in Alfa Company feel welcomed and accepted by the 1/c after we returned for the start of the academic semester.
Also, being a part of the Cadet Honor Board, a panel that reviews honor incidents, I have seen my classmates approach an Honor Board with a stern, but very fair demeanor. During the Honor Board, members of the board address the incident, stating the facts and then questioning the cadets involved in the situation. In the past, I have heard of Cadet Honor Boards going very poorly where members of the board went beyond questioning about the investigation and were more personal and opinionated. I liked being part of the Honor Board and seeing my classmates conduct the Board very objectively. A lot of the questions that were asked were for the purpose of understanding the situation better and have a better grasp of the investigation beyond the facts on paper.
It has also been really nice to get to know the underclassmen and really invest in conversations while trying to remember what it was like to be in their shoes. Currently, my company has started a 1/c to 4/c mentoring program where 4/c choose a mentor and make that connection with a specific 1/c. I am very excited to be in the program and be a mentor to a 4/c.
I am really glad my class is putting in the effort and making the relationship with the underclassmen. It is nice seeing the Corps of Cadets more unified this semester. I hope this carries through to the next semester and that our leadership style will be a good one to model after.
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