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Snowy Day

(Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Coburn Photo Since I am from New Hampshire I am very much accustomed to snow days, but I have to say snow days at the Academy are pretty awesome. We got hit with Winter Snow Storm Juno at the beginning of the week and in turn got around two feet or more of snow. They announced at lunch on Monday that the Academy was going to be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday. The wardroom erupted and I knew that I was in for a good couple of days. After school, everyone rushed to the cadet bookstore and the exchange to pile up on snacks and hot chocolate and then the snow began.

 

On Tuesday morning we didn’t have to get up till 0745 and we were allowed to do whatever really we wanted for most of the day, besides go outside, because there was a blizzard going on. It was a great time to catch up on homework (and sleep) and everyone was in a great mood. On Wednesday the storm had died down, so we were allowed out of Chase. My friends and I decided to go and play in the snow. We went down behind the gym, near the obstacle course and had a great time sledding down hills, and playing on the obstacle course in the snow. What was really cool was seeing my friends from Florida and the south reacting to seeing snow (or a lot of snow) for the first time. Some of them liked it and others vow to never touch snow again. All in all it was a great day and I really hope there are more snow days to come.

 

More about Mimi.

 

A Month of Closure

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo December has been a month of closure. I say goodbye to 2014, and what a year it has been. 2014 was jammed packed with 4/c indoctrination boards, the end of 4/c year, 3/c summer on Eagle and a 210 foot cutter, and the first half of 3/c year. Last semester was challenging not only because I had 20 credit hours, but also because there was nobody constantly checking up on me. Unlike 4/c year, there isn’t a whole lot of pressure to keep up grades, room standards, or really much of anything. So it was a challenge to keep myself motivated when nobody was watching. At the Academy, there is a sponsor parent program, which pairs cadets with local adults around the Academy community to unwind during liberty hours. I was paired with a Senior Chief Petty Officer, who has helped me escape the Academy over the weekends to golf and enjoy good food.

 

Last week, I went to the International Debutante Ball in New York City, where the wealthiest families around the world introduce their daughters to high society. I got to go for free, and spend a few days in the Big Apple. The ball was amazing: the pageantry and showiness was like nothing else I’ve seen, and the ball started at 6:30 p.m. and ended around 2 a.m.! I met dukes, duchesses, and cadets from other Academies at the Waldorf-Astoria. Before the ball, I saw the United Nations Building, Rockefeller Center, and the New York City Library. It was nice to roam around aimlessly and not have to worry about school for a while.

 

More about William.

 

Last First Day of School

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Today marked the “last” first day of school for my undergraduate degree. It is crazy to think about that and to finally write our graduation year at the top of my papers. The corps just returned from winter break, which was full of sand for some and snow for others. I was fortunate enough to go home for a week to spend time with my family and friends before heading over to the west coast of Florida for the swimming and diving training trip. My time spent at home was very relaxing and fun. It was great to spend time with the people I care about and miss so much while I am at school. The training trip was a lot of hard work but also very fun.

 

It was hard coming back to school mostly because of the significant change of weather, but I am happy to be back with my friends and to complete this final semester together. Our billet lists are due in a couple of days, which is exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. I am ready to submit my list just to stop thinking about it until Billet Night in March.

 

Not much to report yet for this semester. Since classes just started, the homework, quizzes, papers, and tests have not begun, but they will before I know it.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their loved ones and I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

 

More about Sara.

 

Returning Home to the Academy

(Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Daniels Photo For some reason this year, as I find myself returning to the monochromatic Chase Hall, there is no longer the sense of dread there was previously. I almost looked forward to returning and being with my friends and getting back into the routine of the Academy. By no means was winter leave unwelcome, a respite was both needed and gladly accepted, but there is something about a routine that helps me be much more productive than my lazy self on leave.

 

For the first time at the Academy, I earned a place on the athletic directors list. To do this, I had to score well enough on the fitness exam, which, while never being a concern of mine, has never been one of my strengths either. It was one of the prouder moments in my cadet career so far, I found myself finally able to see a concrete result of the work I had been doing.

 

This upcoming semester, I’m also starting a new program with the Connecticut College Orchestra, through which a few cadets will be able to participate in their program. I’ve been trying to revive cadet music, and this is a big step for us, because the program will allow for option for cadets who can’t participate in other groups due to time constraints, and allow a little more participation. On another musical note, our cadet-run brass ensemble had our first performance at the winter formal. Everything went smoothly, and we’re looking forward to another great semester of music.

 

Until next time!

 

More about Drew.

 

Unforgettable Moments

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Martorell Crespo Photo My cadet experience has been really nice. It has been a fun and exciting experience. Being here at the Academy is something unique and cadets have unforgettable moments. On the weekends, we have leave Saturday afternoon and return at midnight and Sundays, we leave in the morning and return at 1800. Being out of Chase Hall is something nice and you get to relax outside for a little bit with your friends. I usually hang out with my friends or see my sister when she comes from West Point to visit me.

 

Also, we had a ballroom dance and it was something enjoyable to experience for the first time being a fourth class. You go with your date or with your friends, dance and have a great time! You get full carry on and as a fourth class you are just happier than ever! So far, my cadet experience has been about fun, academics, and unforgettable moments. Starting from the very first day as a fourth class and until now, it has been something I will never forget.

 

More about Irene.