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Staying Warm

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Sherman Photo January may have been a bit nippy, but it was a great month! After returning to the Academy from winter leave, I felt (and still feel) re-energized—things were really heating up as the new semester started. I’m excited for the semester ahead, and I’m ready to face the challenges and opportunities over the next few months as we (the 3/c cadets) move toward our cadre summer! So, what were the things that got my flame burning brightly? Let me tell you—because I haven’t done a month in review type of blog for quite some time now!


New Roommate (Among Other Things)
It was great coming back after a long leave period. I was excited to see everyone, to hear about their exciting breaks; I was looking forward to another semester of new class and new subjects; I felt recharged and ready to tackle the tasks I’d be doing for Officers’ Christian Fellowship and the Sustainability Club. And of course, there is the new ROOMMATE (along with a new room). James is an awesome roommate. Already after a little less than a month of rooming together, we’ve gotten a great groove down. I look forward to getting to know him more over the next few, exciting months. We both have some pretty cool things coming up, so our room is going to be a place of excitement, that’s for sure!


OCF Leaders’ Retreat
After the first week back from break (called MAP week, mid-year administrative week), I went over to the home of Hank and Betsy, the field staff for Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF). They hosted the OCF leadership team—I am one of the communications leaders—for a retreat to recharge and refocus for the next semester. The weekend was fantastic! I spent a lot of time in prayer and in fellowship with the other leaders. The cadets on the leadership team are some of the closest friends I have, so it was fantastic to spend two days with them (and not have to worry about any homework either!). We even had a chance to go ice skating! I could definitely feel the Lord’s presence with us that weekend!


MLK Weekend
This was the weekend of doing as much as possible! Haha. So Friday night I attended Friday Night Fellowship (OCF event) as I do every Friday. Nothing outrageously out of the ordinary…

Then Saturday! I made a trip to Boston! First I met up with Gretchen A., who graduated from my high school the year after I did. She goes to BU. I went to a capture the flag event with one of the Christian groups with which she is involved at BU. It was super fun! (What an understatement! Haha!) Each team had approximately twenty small flags; we played in a small area on the Esplanade along the Charles River. It was basically an open “field” (arena?) with a few trees. It was muddy, though, from the melting ice. That’s what made it so awesome. I got super dirty!


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More about Justin.


What a Busy Month

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo It hasn’t even been the first full week of February yet, and I’m already wishing February was over with! There are so many things to be done throughout this month, that when I look at my calendar all I see is writing – there is never a free moment! There are tests and quizzes scattered throughout the month, with plenty of homework and essays to fill any gaps between them. There are track meets, Glee Club events, community service events, and club meetings to be had with sleepless nights to top them all off. And the one week where there are no pressing academic tasks, we 4/c have Boards. What more could possibly happen this month? Needless to say, a much needed spring break is on its way. Not that I mean to sound like I’m complaining or anything; in general, I tend to like having a full plate of things to accomplish – BUT I do still enjoy some down time in between!


Amidst all these looming tests, homework, quizzes, and obligations I have, there is one that I am most excited about: Boards. If every 4/c passes Boards, the class of 2016 will get carry-on! Whoa, that’s crazy! Most classes don’t get the opportunity to earn carry-on this early. Getting to listen to music out loud, talk to my friends in the p-way, and not square is a huge thing to look forward to. After 100th day and getting the chance to be a 2/c for a day (well, 14 hours really…) I realized how fun this place can be when you’re NOT a 4/c. So, after having that little taste of freedom and privileges, I am very motivated to study. It made me wake up and realize that Boards are right around the corner, and not only do I have to do my part and study, but I have to help out my shipmates, too. Just because I might pass my first time (I really hope I do!!), the rest of 2016 does as well. This just emphasizes that you are a team here and have to look out for each other all the time.


That’s all I really have to say for now. Even though my month is crazy busy, don’t hesitate to email me if you guys have any questions or want advice about Academy stuff. To all the 2017 applicants/appointees – good luck, 2016 (and especially 2015) are anxiously waiting for y’all to get here!


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Beautiful October

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Merritt Photo What a beautiful and eventful month October was. We weathered Hurricane Sandy, had Halloween, Genesis Council went to Six Flags for Fright Fest and Parent’s Weekend showed a massive flood of excited families making their way through a weekend with their cadets. The highlight had to be my grandmother coming up to finally meet my beautiful “adoptive” family after the football game. Seriously, there’s nothing better than seeing both groups of people that I love finally getting to catch up over dinner.


About a week after that, Genesis Council took a trip up to Six Flags New England in Massachusetts. The best part, besides the rides and the haunted woods was watching their costume-clad employees chase people around—myself included (too many times to count actually). I mean when I say those employees were chasing people, I mean they were not playing around! They were dead sprinting after people with chainsaws and stuff. Haha! So as a little heads up, wear some good running shoes if you ever decide to go to a Fright Fest event. Better yet, shoes without laces because you can not afford to stop to ties those shoes!


Speaking of being in character, I volunteered in the Haunted Clinic held for cadets and the New London community held here at the Academy. Fully clad in my ghostly face paint and scrubs, I joined the rest of the cadets, clinic and other staff to put on a showcase of zombie apocalypse, contorted bodies and strange creatures. After I had a good laugh at that, I ventured down to Leamy where a continuous movie night was being held after the trick-or-treating earlier that evening. Needless to say the screams continued while we watched Nightmare on Elm Street and The Devil Inside. All in all, it was a great conclusion to the month.


Signing off,


More about Jalle.