It has been quite a year thus far. After my summer adventures, it was nice to get back into the swing of things at the Academy.
So far the semester has been no easier than the first two; I’m taking 20 credits worth of courses which include Calculus II, Physics I, Ships and Maritime Systems, Applications in Navigation Lab, Morals and Ethical Philosophy, Professional Rescuer and my favorite, Principles of American Government. As a Government major, it’s nice to finally begin taking classes within my major and so far I’ve enjoyed my Government classes a lot. As crazy as it may sound to many of you aspiring engineers, I would much rather spend hours perfecting an essay than solve a page of calculus problems.
This year I have also been able to take a lot more trips. Even though we don’t see as much of our paycheck as we’d like, the money accumulates over time and I’ve been able to take multiple weekend trips to New York and a trip to Baltimore this year. Fellow blogger, 3/c Jon Lash, and I, along with a few other friends took a trip to NYC earlier in the year to attend a concert, and a few weeks later I had the honor to travel with my friend 3/c Ryan Hub to see my all-time favorite sports team, the Baltimore Orioles, wrestle in game 1 of the ALDS against the all time most-hated baseball team (at least in my eyes), the New York Yankees. The atmosphere in Camden Yards was one I have never been in; waves of orange from the stands empowered the stadium, and no matter what anyone says, I know us Oriole fans are the greatest of them all. It is great to get out every few long weekends, and the Academy gives you that opportunity to visit places I wouldn’t have been able to go to if I was a poor college student at any of the state schools I applied to.
As always, never hesitate to email me if you have any questions about the Academy. And if you are a potential Academy cross country runner, stay tuned to an upcoming blog about this past season. Adios!
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