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The Compañeros Club

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Quintero Photo After over a month of being back in the academic year, everything is in full swing. This year I signed up to be the secretary of Compañeros Club, which is a club that celebrates Hispanic heritage at the Academy. The club has over 100 members and in the past we have done some cool things, like dining at Hispanic restaurants for free. Or the time we got the opportunity to march on the New York Jets field before they kicked-off against the Patriots. We are planning some exciting stuff for this semester, like a trip to the Bronx and a dance at the Naval Academy. I have been working on getting a community service event at a local school to help out the English as a Second Language (ESL) students with their academics. At the Academy there are a lot of things going on and one of them is club involvement. Compañeros Club is only one of many clubs and they are a good way to meet shipmates and have some fun.


A couple of weeks ago we played our rival team, the Merchant Marine Academy, in soccer, volleyball and football. We beat them in soccer and volleyball, but unfortunately they beat us in football for the second year in a row. The game was at home this year, and both sides enjoyed poking fun at each other, like any other rivalry. I have a lot of friends from Prep School from MMA that I get to see every year for this game, and it is nice to catch up. We like to talk about the differences between the two schools; the pros and cons. I’m happy for them because they want to be there at Kings Point, and I tell them how I’m glad I am to be a CGA cadet.


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Sophomore Academics

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Meyers Photo It’s now almost midterms third class year (sophomore year) and it’s a definite change from last year. Whereas last year was mostly basic introductory courses that everyone had to take, I’m finally taking major-specific classes. As an example, I’m an Electrical Engineering major and this year I’m taking Intro to Computer Programming, Differential Equations, Electrical Engineering I, Physics, Nautical Science I, Ships, Golf, and Racquetball. Last year I took courses like Chem I and II, Calc I and II, Statics, and U.S. Government.


It’s nice to finally get into a groove with the material I came here to study. While the work is much harder than last year, it’s also much more rewarding. I can actually enjoy some of the projects I do because they have actual application in my day-to-day work. As an example, because of what I learned in my programming class, I made a simple calculator program to solve for cross products in Physics. Just little things like this are what motivate me to stay in the Electrical Engineering major.


On top of the new privileges and the changes from being a 4/c to a 3/c, this year has been far better than last year in just about every aspect. During the summer, I had serious doubts as to whether I wanted to come back here or not, but decided to sleep on it and at least come back for a week. That short time totally transformed my opinion and made me realize why I came here in the first place.


More about James.