I thought moving into my last semester here at the Academy would be overwhelming, but it’s just been exciting so far! I can’t believe I’ve actually reached this point. When I look back to 4th class year, it seems like both forever ago and just yesterday. It’s mind-blowing to see how much I’ve changed from then to now.
The greatest event of my month was the Community Service Recognition Dinner. I was asked to speak about my mission trip to Haiti last year for spring break, and it was so wonderful to revisit those memories and share my experiences. I also spoke about my work with the Big Brother/Big Sister program, which unfortunately lost funding in this region. So I’ve decided to start up a new Community Service/Mentoring program here at the Academy that connects cadets with children from local schools in need of a positive influence in their lives. So far I’ve worked mainly with Winthrop Elementary, which is right next door to the Academy, but I think that they will keep us busy with plenty of kids in need of a buddy!
This semester I don’t have very much work that is specific to my major. The only class I have that is related to Civil Engineering is my Capstone class, which provides us with time to work on our senior projects. For my group’s project we will be redesigning an Engineering Facilities building at Coast Guard Base San Juan! That means we will get to take a trip down there next month. I can’t wait!
Only a few more months left here. I hope to make them great ones!
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