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The Final Four

(Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Friedman Photo Before winter leave, I had the opportunity to do something I never thought I would do…go to the Final 4. The Coast Guard Academy Women’s Rugby team won upsets in the round of 16 and the elite 8 to have a first ever birth in the national championship. Needless to say our entire team was thrilled. During the practice before we left for the Final 4, the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent came and wished us luck. The next day we boarded the bus for the trip down to South Carolina.

 

After an overnight bus ride that consisted of a lot of movies and restless sleep, we arrived in South Carolina. Friday night we checked in with USA Rugby and got ready for our games over the weekend. Even though we lost both games, we still came out 4th in the nation, a big increase from our ranking as 14th in the nation last season.

 

I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished, and while I didn’t enjoy sleeping on a bus, I hope I get to do it again next season, and come back with a national championship.

 

If you have any questions feel free to email me Jill.M.Friedman@uscga.edu.

 

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Whoa, I Actually Know All This Stuff!

(Academics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Horacek Photo Finals week: words that strike fear into the heart of any college kid. A month’s worth of exams crammed into a few days to hopefully prove that you have, in fact, been awake at least 75% of the time for the past semester. However, despite its reputation for being a week of certain doom, in my experience finals haven’t been all that bad here. Some classes will even let you validate a final if you have a high enough score, usually in the 90-93 range. If you’re lucky, you’ll validate or not have finals on the last few days and get to leave early! If you’re curious, here’s how a typical finals week goes:

 

After the last few days of school (which are mostly filled with a few reviews and course evaluations) we have study and conference day. This is an empty day set aside for you to get with your teachers one last time if you need to and get yourself organized for the next few days. The next day, finals begin! We get to wake up a little bit later (0730, woohoo!) and then there are two testing blocks, morning and/or afternoon for five days (give or take, I had a test Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and validated my Wednesday final so I was fortunate and got to leave early). That’s it! All you have to do is study and take a few tests and, let’s be honest, that definitely doesn’t take up a whole day. Most of my (awesome) teachers sponsored 1-2 hour review sessions where we went over the basics of the whole class, and I personally studied no more than an hour or two outside of that for each test. The rest of my time was filled with sleep, Skyrim, and Netflix. All in all, the finals themselves were fine; the worst part is being so close to going home and having to wait to take a test before you can!

 

But now, as I’m finally riding the plane back to the land of warmth and enchiladas (Texas), I’m realizing how much got crammed into my head this semester. Most of my friends and I got to the point in our studying where it was like, “Whoa, I actually know all this stuff!” Except Electrical Circuits and Machines, electricity is still difficult for me. But I still knew enough to get a decent grade on the test! And the farther into this education I get, the more realistic the problems are getting, and the more I realize that I’ll actually use this stuff I’m learning in the real world. This unfortunately means I’ll have to use calculus in the real world… But for now, it’s time to enjoy the break! Happy holidays everyone!

 

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