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Busy, Busy, Busy

(Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2014) Permanent link   All Posts
 Nick Capuzzi As you may have noticed, I didn’t write an October journal entry. “Why?,” you may ask. Well, it’s because I stretched myself too thin.

First of all, I have my academic classes, which are the hardest I’ve taken thus far. Mechanics of Materials and Multivariable Calculus are the two that require the most time and effort.

On top of all that class and homework are military obligations, like trainings and lectures. Plus, I am a drill-down trainer. Drill-down is a military skills competition between fourth class cadets in different companies. The winner gets carry-on for a week. As a trainer, I spend time in the mornings and evenings helping the fourth class cadets in my company prepare.

Now time for athletics! The Offshore Sailing Team practices a minimum of eight hours per week. On top of that, we have regattas on weekends that can take the whole weekend. I enjoy every minute of sailing, but each is also one less minute I have to work with.

In addition to all of that, I somehow thought it would be a good idea to audition for the fall show, “Murder Runs in the Family.” So, after landing the role of Claude, I had a month of rehearsals five nights a week, making me even busier.

I don’t want to you to think that I wasn’t enjoying myself during this time, though. Well, homework isn’t very enjoyable, but other than that, I was. I enjoyed seeing my hard work pay off when one of my fourth class placed in drill-down, or when I came in first place overall for a team regatta, or most of all when we performed “Murder Runs in the Family” in front of two large audiences.

Speaking of the play, it was a great experience. The show itself was entirely produced by cadets, with the ever-dramatic 1/C Logan Donahey as director. By coordinating rehearsals around already packed schedules, we were able to put together a show that I believe was quite enjoyable. Plus, I got to work with some awesome fellow actors, people like 3/C Pat Kelly, who had more lines than everyone else put together, and 2/C Sarah Hohenberger, who played two different characters. Everyone did an amazing job! When the curtains opened, we all were anxious to show off the hard work we had put into it. We left it all on the stage for two performances, and hopefully those that attended had as much fun watching it as we did producing it.

The Coast Guard Academy has a variety of extracurricular activities. Drama Club, Investment Club, and Genesis Council are just a few of the many cadet-led clubs we have. Whatever your interest, there is probably an activity for you to enjoy.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email. I will make every effort to answer it in a timely fashion.

Go Bears!

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