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Good Afternoon, Ma’am

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo The first taste I had of being a third class was when I first arrived back at Chase Hall. I walked inside the building and I ran into a fourth class. Upon seeing me I was greeted “Good Afternoon, Ma’am.” Little did they know, but they turned me from a fourth class to a third class, because “You’re a swab until you see a swab.” I’ve now been back at school for a month, and I have to admit, it is so much better being a third class! I no longer have to square my corners or take the trash out or memorize indoc and just this alone has made my year so much more enjoyable. It has also given me a lot more opportunities to do my homework and spend time with my friends.


Now this might seem like I don’t do much of anything now, but I have a lot more added responsibilities. Firstly, I am in charge of two fourth class that I am supposed to guide throughout the semester. I have to ensure that they follow the rules and help them militarily or academically. Not only do I have this added military responsibility, but also academics have gotten harder. I no longer have the standard fourth class courses; I have classes that are major-specific, including Marine Biology and Meteorology. So far, I really enjoy all my classes, but especially these two. The labs are definitely my favorite part. Just this week, for Marine Biology, we took a field trip to a local estuary and collected fish from the marsh.


Even though this is just the start of my third class year, I cannot wait to continue on my journey all the way until 100th week when I am half way done my time at the Academy. I honestly can say that with spending more and more time here, my devotion continues to grow; not only for the Academy but also the Coast Guard.


More about Kayla.


First Week Back!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Wow! It’s only been a week since I have been back in school and I know that this is going to be a crazy, but awesome, semester! Coming back to school straight from 2/c summer was a little bit of a difficult transition since it is a completely different mindset. My classmates and I went from experiencing so many challenges being both a leader and a follower this summer to now having to focus on academics again. Although, I know that we are not the only class, and that I am not the only cadet that is experiencing this transition. However, even though I know it will take a little bit to get back into the swing of things, it’s nice to have the entire corps back and to start classes again.


This semester is proving to be challenging for me in the sense that I am taking classes that pertain only to my major (aside from the required courses that the Academy has 2/c take). Since I am a Marine and Environmental Sciences major taking the biology and chemistry tracks, I am taking back to back chemistry classes as well as biology classes. I know that it will be a hard semester, but as I’ve learned over the years, all I need to do is work very hard and focus and I will be able to make it through this semester just like I have the past four.


Another reason why I am excited that this year has started is the fact that Women’s Rugby is back up and running (literally)! We have had so many new girls come out this year! It is a joy to see the popularity of rugby increasing throughout the corps. This season also is proving to be a challenge since I am taking on a new position. I am now the new A-Side Scrum Half. And with that position comes a lot of responsibility and hard work. It has been fun so far and I cannot wait until our first game rolls around!


More about Samantha.