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Typical 3/c MES Course Load

(Academics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Auzenbergs Photo Once you start getting into more major-specific classes 3/c year, school gets a lot more interesting. Last year, classes were set and mandatory for all 4/c. We took Chemistry I and II, Calculus I and II, English, U.S. History, Coast Guard History, Statics and Engineering Design, Intro to Navigation, Swimming I and Personal Defense as well as health classes throughout the year. Now, as an MES major, this semester I am taking five mandatory and two major-specific courses. Physics I, Multivariable Calculus, Ships and Maritime Systems, Professional Rescuer, Badminton/Golf are the classes that most all 3/c have to take. The MES-specific classes are Meteorology and Marine Biology this semester. Both are extremely interesting, interactive, and fun! For Marine Biology, we go on field trips out to the beach, marshes, the Thames River, and Mystic Aquarium; and Meteorology makes some of the same trips to study the weather patterns in those locations. So, if you’re into hands-on learning, taking a closer look at the life around you, and dissecting sea cucumbers (and more), MES is a great major for you! Personally, I would much rather be out on a boat studying the type of marine life there than in a classroom crunching numbers so I couldn’t be happier with my choice of major!


More about Gabrielle.


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.


More about Jade.