First off, sorry for the huge span of time with no updates, but as fall semester deepened I found myself up to my neck in schoolwork and mandatory assignments, and when it came time to prioritize; my extracurriculars fell by the wayside.
On a more positive note, I have received more emails than I ever imagined I would from interested applicants and future cadets! I’ve been doing a pretty good job of responding to all the ones I receive, but if a week goes by and you don’t get a response from me, just resend a message and I’ll get back within another. Email is the primary form of communication here so without reminders things can get buried pretty quickly. On the topic though, I’ve got a lot of questions about rifle team, so I’ll take a minute and discuss what the team has meant to me and my experience as a varsity marksman.
I shot rifle in high school, but it was a very different style than the form of competition the Academy participates in, so I was practically a walk-on. The team was supportive and great instructors and I found myself learning at a sprint rather than a crawl. Every time I shot, I saw marked improvement. The people on the team were all great and it became an amazing way to relax and unwind from Chase Hall and academic life. I became great friends with everyone and got to travel to Boston and West Point for competitions. I saw many different teams, but it looked like of all the ones we shot against, Coast Guard had the most fun and the best dynamic. What I can say about rifle, is if you decide to join, or even just to try it out, you will not be disappointed with the character of the team, the environment you shoot in, and the atmosphere created by your fellow shooters.
Academics are hard at the Academy though, harder than any high school and even most prep schools, so be prepared going in that if you chose to do rifle, or any varsity sport, you will be required to make sacrifices in time and energy to be a part of that team. For rifle it meant staying at the Academy every long weekend second semester due to competitions. For baseball it’s travelling with the team to Florida instead of spring break. Every sport demands trade-offs, and that’s something very important to keep in mind joining a sports team.
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