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(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo So, here it is…the end of the semester. I haven’t written in a while, and it’s been sitting on my to-do list. However, I just finished my last exam of the semester, and it was pretty easy.


Finals week here at the Academy is really relaxing compared to the weeks ahead of it. After coming back from Thanksgiving break, teachers love to pile on as much work as possible. It’s like they don’t realize that in your other five classes, the other teachers are doing the same thing. That leaves you with several projects, papers, and presentations to do—all in a two-week timeframe. I don’t have it as bad as some of my classmates do, because I don’t have several challenging engineering classes. I had a navigation brief to deliver, several papers, an interview in Spanish, and three projects to do. Each was made more difficult by the fact that my project partners had the same workload as I did, and we never had the time to meet. Finding the time to meet and work on projects was the hardest part, and the main reason those two weeks were sleepless.


While the preparation was hard, the delivery was easy. My favorite projects were the navigation brief and my individual Ships project. Navigation briefs are delivered by junior officers each time a cutter transits through restricted waters—a.k.a. every time it goes in or out of port. It covers things like the charts used, the intended trackline, major obstacles, and timeline of events for the transit. My group simulated a navigation brief for a cutter leaving Newport, Rhode Island—with RADM Stosz, the superintendent of the Academy, as the commanding officer! Nothing like almost having a heart attack when you walk into the room and see her sitting there with a red pen. However, it went well. After that, I zipped through the Plexiglas hull analysis that we had to do for Ships. Ships has been a fun class, and I’ve learned a lot about naval architecture. However fascinating the material is, I still do not think that I would be happy as an engineer.


Finally, after getting through the countless projects and sleepless nights, finals week arrived. Everything becomes much more relaxed around here that week. You can sleep in, eat buffet-style meals, and nap starting at 1300. Everyone focuses on finals, and finals only. And after all that studying, the tests aren’t that bad. Now that I’m done, I can finally go home for a month of well-deserved leave!


Have a great holiday, readers! As always, if you have any questions or comments, email me at No promises that I will not get it until January, however!


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Closing It All Down

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo As I sit here and get ready for finals to start tomorrow, I can gladly and proudly say this was the best semester I’ve had here. Granted, you would think it would already be since I’m no longer a 4/c, and that does help for sure. However, there was so much more to being a 3/c than I ever expected, and this whole semester has been absolutely great.


For starters, I went from being a mediocre academic to a pretty good one. As I head into finals, I’m nowhere near the situation of “needing the final to pass the class.” It’s all A’s, B’s and one C+. And since I’m confident in my abilities to pump that grade up with the final, I’m definitely in a calmer mood regarding academics. Athletics-wise, without lacrosse I was able to play all the intercompany sports for Echo, as well as creating a little football league with some of my friends every Friday night. It was a great way to let off steam and stay in shape.


Idlers and Glee Club has in itself been amazing. We went to Maryland/D.C./NYC in early November. We performed at the Jets-Cardinals game. The Idlers did our annual Christmas at the Griswold Inn, which was outstanding! It’s been a real blessing to participate in the club and to have those opportunities with the group. As for drama, the play went incredibly well, and I’m STILL hearing compliments from staff and the faculty. It’s such a great feeling when hard work is rewarded, which is sort of what makes this place so great.


The best part of this whole semester has been watching my 4/c mature and grow. It’s amazing how far they’ve come as a class, and that only a year ago, 2015 had done the same. It’s exciting to know that they will soon be in my shoes, helping the next class. My division has put me up for a Silver Star (Superior Military Performance), which I’m ecstatic about. It’s been a goal of mine to get a star at this place, and it looks like I’ll be getting my first. The military side of things has just been great.


With that, it’s time to take down these finals and head on home for break. Go CGA, Go 2015, Beat Finals!


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