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cadet blogs


(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Thanksgiving is such an important time of the year for cadets. It marks the end of the semester and the beginning of finals week. I have to say, having this semester wind down to an end came up a lot faster than I expected it to! It seems like everyone has been rushing all semester that we never actually stopped to look back on all that we’ve done. This year is definitely a lot different than 4/c year in the sense that there is more academic work, and that we also have 4/c looking up to us. It is a totally different perspective, but one that I know all of our class has enjoyed. I have seen my class grow in ways that I never thought that we could and it has been amazing to witness how people change throughout the course of one year.


I cannot wait until the next semester comes up! That means that we are just that much closer to being cadre and leading a summer experience and possibly changing somebody’s life. It will be interesting to see who rises up as a leader people look up to and who doesn’t. I have the utmost faith in my class though that we will continue to grow and learn from all the challenges and experiences we encounter.


More about Samantha.


Crunch Time

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo It’s crunch time here at the Academy, and it sure is hectic. I am getting ready for finals, which are only a few weeks away. It seems like I have fifty percent of my work due in just these next few weeks. I have also been busy keeping up on memorizing meals and keeping my uniform and room looking spiffy.


Luckily all of the fourth class has earned some privileges that make the added workload and obligations a little bit better. We earned running suits, which are AMAZING! Now we can wear them to dinner instead of our uniforms. We have also earned dry cleaning and flip-flops. We also had a really fun Halloween dinner and trick-or-treating around Chase Hall. We got to dress up and have carry-on around Chase, which made me feel like an upperclassman for a few hours. Here at the Academy, it’s the little things that are awesome.


While being busy academically, athletically and militarily, in addition to the added privileges, I look forward to Thanksgiving break and then shortly afterward, Christmas leave. Thanksgiving will be the first time for many of my classmates to go home since R-Day. I am lucky that I live so close and can go home occasionally.


For example, I went home this weekend for Veteran’s Day. It was great to sleep in my own bed, even though while I was at home I was not doing something I particularly wished I was doing. After Hurricane Sandy, I decided I wanted to home to help my family recover and clean up. When I arrived home, I got straight to business. I spent my weekend throwing out destroyed furniture, ripping out carpets and tearing down soggy drywall. It was not the most pleasant experience but I was glad that I could spend time with my family at home.


Now I cannot wait until I can go home for almost an entire month for Christmas. However, first I must make sure I have completed all my military obligations as well as take my finals. For now, its crunch time until leave.


More about Kayla.