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Downright Awesome

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link   All Posts
 Meredith Anderson This semester, overall, has been a blast. I find myself surrounded by intelligent, funny, and awesome people, and not only within my class. The upper-class, who act as mentors, are always willing to put their needs and wants aside in order to help out a fourth class, whether it be with personal, military or academic issues. The people here are unlike those you will meet anywhere else.

Speaking of a group of awesome people, the swim team is another example. Everyone on it is so welcoming and downright awesome. It’s like a family, with 70 or so siblings. Coach is great too. As an injured swimmer, I have yet to swim in a meet…but we’re hoping for this weekend. On top of being understanding and looking very long range, coach really understands if you can’t make practice (for a legitimate reason, such as academics).

Academics are pretty rigorous here. I have a full schedule, complete with one free period a week (which happens to get consumed by swim practice). My classes include Macroeconomics, Chemistry, Principles of Fitness and Wellness, Fundamentals of Navigation, English, and Calculus 2. I have an “introduction to college” class, as well.

Other things I do to keep myself busy, as if I’m not busy enough, include Rosary Group, Catholic Club, Bowling Club, and author the class-wide articles for the Alumni Bulletin. The great thing about the Academy is that you’re busy all the time, but not to the point where it’s extremely overwhelming. I remember growing up thinking what a pain church was, and was so sure once I left home that I’d stop going to church, but now that I’m actually away from home its so nice to have mass on Sunday morning, and Wednesday night vespers (mass), and Rosary group and Catholic Club. It’s kind of like having a getaway when it gets rough—somewhere you can collect your thoughts and just focus yourself. Believe it or not, I think the Academy is helping my faith grow, even after graduating from an all-girls Catholic school.

Bowling club is another example of a getaway. It’s one of the instances where even though you are with upper-class members, you can relax and have a good time. They also have many great stories and Academy wisdom to share. Some day I’ll be an upper-class too, and when I am, I will have plenty of stories, too. Whether they are from Swab Summer, or various spirit missions (practical pranks that raise morale), our class has no shortage of hilarious stories and we aren’t even through the first semester yet.

Finally, Thanksgiving break is approaching. For many of my classmates it will be the first time they have been home since we reported in. Even though this isn’t the case for me, and I’m not going home (by my own choice), I am still really excited to get some time away from campus and to have some down time to just chill with family and friends. It should be a great time.

If you have any questions about daily life, or really anything Academy-related, my email is, and you’re more than welcome to contact me. I’ll do my best to answer questions.

More about Meredith.