September marked the Class of 2018’s first full academic month here at the Academy, and for me it absolutely flew by. As I’ve heard said, the days here are never-ending (and yet still not long enough) but the weeks are short. Academically, it’s safe to say that I’ve never seen so much homework. But one thing that’s great about being a 4/c is that, for the most part, all of your shipmates are taking the exact same courses as you – meaning that it’s never difficult to find a study group. And with such a diverse mixture of cadets, there’s a wealth of knowledge to be attained. Some 4/c, like me, are fresh out of high school while others are prior enlisted or even have college degrees. That being said, there’s always someone who knows more than you do on any given subject, which is a blessing. Within the company, select upperclassmen have signed on as tutors for various major-specific courses, while others are just enthusiastic and always willing to help.
Aside from academics, each week seems to bring a new list of duties to perform at various levels within the Corps of Cadets. Sometimes adventurous, other times not so much, but always present. (Like anything else here, it’s your shipmates who can make the difference.) As a member of Morale Division, I’m gifted with the arduous task of collaborating with my fellow division members to create and maintain high spirits within Golf Company. Whether that’s spinning cotton candy for an hour, planning a full week of Halloween events, or auctioning off pies to smash your cadre with (a major fundraising success), it’s always an amusing and rewarding task. Best of all, the ideas and projects are ever-changing.
Needless to say, every day here so far has been an adventure. One of my concerns was that after setting the Academy as my goal for so long, it couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations. In contrast, it has far exceeded them. The caliber and quality of the cadets here as well as the long, ever-growing list of opportunities simply can’t be beaten. I doubt that any other university could have provided me with this level of attachment so quickly, both to the place and the people. And I know that no other university could have provided me with all the opportunities I’ll get to experience over the course of the next four years and for the rest of my life – from the fine art of cotton candy crafting to all the aspects of sailing, leading, and learning.
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