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Preparing for Finals and Next Semester

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
 Peter Driscoll It’s down to the wire as the last few days of the fall semester arrive. Today is the last day of classes, and I thought I’d share it with you all so that we can start fresh next semester.

Classes are done. For the past few days, we have been filling out course evaluations and doing all the last-minute testing that needs to be done. When you get here, and classes are rough, don’t think that you don’t have a say in it. Teachers look forward to getting your feedback so they can make classes better for other students. As for the last-minute testing and paper writing and such, you just adapt and endure. My teachers in high school always thought that it’d be perfectly fine to schedule tests and due dates right up to the final exam. (In fact, my AP Chemistry teacher gave us a test on organic chemistry the day before we took the AP exam!) Now multiply that by 100, and you have what results here—trying to balance military obligations, athletics, and academics can be tough, but not impossible.

Last night was the holiday dinner. We all got carry-on to celebrate the holidays by discovering who our command staff will be for the Spring 2012 semester. I think we did really well. The Hotel CC is an amazing person with high expectations, and she rows crew. Our new XO seems like a good guy, and I look forward to next semester with our guidon, who is returning from an exchange semester at West Point. She’ll be hard but fair, which I think is what we need to make sure that we don’t lose sight of the fact that we are still fourth class.

Having rambled for half a page now, I’ll sign off. Happy Holidays to everyone, and good luck to the early action applicants who should be getting decisions around late December or early January. (I got mine in time for Christmas, then wrapped it up and put it under the tree :) ) See you all next semester; if you have any questions, feel free to email me at

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