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Midterms and Halloween at the CGA

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo Last week officially marked midterms at the Academy. The semester is halfway over and I am one step closer to graduation this May. This weekend was Halloween and November and Thanksgiving are upon us. It’s crazy how fast this year is flying by.


As a first class cadet, sometimes it can be hard to concentrate on school; senioritis is very real here. However, there are plenty of privileges as a first class that have made it easier. I don’t have as many classes as a firstie, and so I have plenty of time off during the day to get my work done. Also as a first class, we get more liberty; on Thursdays I’m able to go off base to a café to do homework if I want to, or I can just go hang out with my friends. So, despite the tendencies I have as a first class to be unmotivated, I actually did well at midterms and was able to get my highest GPA yet! Even though midterms can be stressful, the end goal of graduation is in mind.


And even though school can sometimes be overwhelming, there are plenty of fun things the Academy does to celebrate our hard work and the holidays. The other night, we had a Halloween dinner where everyone got to dress up and compete for the best costume. After the dinner, cadets got to trick-or-treat at the officer’s houses on base. On Halloween, there was a zombie run where runners were chased by people dressed up as zombies while trying to make it to the finish line without being caught by one of them. Little things like that make school a lot less stressful.


Besides school, I’ve been pretty busy with rugby this fall. So far, we are undefeated and only have one more game this season. If we win this next game, we win our conference for the third year in a row and also get a chance to go to Nationals.


The main thing I’m looking forward to though is to get our billet list. Right before Thanksgiving all the first class cadets will receive a list of the assignments we have to choose from for our first tour as officers next year. It’s both scary and exciting to think that my future job as an officer is so close and soon I’ll be planning for it.


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Crazy Midterms?

(Academics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo I didn’t think that this year’s midterm exams were a really big deal until the following week when I realized that they were nothing compared to the four tests, two papers, speech and the extra duty of organizing the flags for a large Coast Guard event here at the Academy. Long story short, my weeks have been speeding by. I can’t believe that Halloween is upon us. I have been doing an October Spice Yoga challenge, where you do yoga every day for a month at least to capture a different pose every day. It has been fun and but adds to the busy days. Homework and everything didn’t seem too bad until this week, so I am really excited for the weekend.


Additionally, my little brother and parents are coming up tonight to go Bears Day tomorrow, which is a one-day open house when high schoolers can go to class without spending the night. It will be good to see them, and what’s crazy is that I might get to see my mom again next week because I applied for a trip through the Government department to go to D.C. and got it! My mom works on the Mall, so I am pumped to be back in the Maryland area. I have to say D.C. is probably my favorite city. I am finding that I am applying for more opportunities this year, ones that I might have felt were long shots before and I am actually getting them!


For now, I need to get back to the books, well, actually I am practicing my leadership speech for today. For the moment, the academic “storm” has stopped and I guess, as cadets, we all need to know that this stress can be self-perpetuated. That’s why I like to do yoga. I had dinner at the Admiral’s house two weeks ago in Quarters 1 and he was surprised to hear that the Yoga Club can do yoga off base any day of the week during sports period! It was funny to see his reaction, and really cool to get the chance to interact with our senior leadership like that, in a small group setting.


The fall ball lacrosse season also just ended with a play day of four mini games on Sunday! We had a great time and I am so excited to keep us strong through the winter for our season start in February!


Happy Halloween!