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A Look Back at September: The School Year is Ramping Up

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Williamson Photo The first round of tests starts this week and that’s always interesting. I should be fine if I just plan out my time and actually study. It is easy to get sidetracked with other important things while at the Academy. As an MES major in my 3/c year, I have a lot of classes and labs, but staying organized makes all the work doable. It also helps that the material is interesting and fun (for example, our last marine biology lab was a trip to a salt marsh to study the ecosystem).

 

I am continuing on in my corrosion research. It is a bit slow moving right now because we are trying to simultaneously do tests and set up corrosion cells, while still waiting on supplies. Although it is fairly difficult to get everything ready to run the tests, when I go to work on the project it is relaxing because there are no requirements. With the freedom to do as much or little as possible, the lab is one of the few places that I can actually be in control and do things the way I want. It is refreshing to have that break during the week.

 

Rugby has also started up! The first game was last Sunday and the A side played really well and beat the University of Vermont, who were ranked 7th in the nation last year. I am on B side but I still got to play. The game went really well and I had a lot of fun. I am looking forward to more games and optimistic that the team will make it all the way to nationals.

 

More about Cody.

 

Typical 3/c MES Course Load

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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.