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Standing a Taut Watch…

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Driscoll Photo So, I’m sitting in an empty library around 2300, waiting to be secured. The school year has hit me like a ton of bricks—all of my classes are hard and involve what seems to be an inordinate amount of reading and writing. I now understand why everyone counts down to the next long weekend or leave period.


My hardest classes this semester are definitely Ships and Physics. These two classes are technical, core classes for all cadets. Ships is an introductory course in naval architecture—what makes a ship float or capsize, how can you calculate it, and why it is important for us as future officers to be cognizant of this. I like it for the basic concepts, even if all the equations fly right over my head. My first test (on Monday) will tell me how I am really doing in that class. Physics is my other difficult class, mostly because I have never taken Physics before. The Physics Department is using a new method of teaching this year that emphasizes group work and collaboration compared to traditional lecturing. It takes a little getting used to, but at least the math makes sense!


The hardest part of this semester seems to be my time management. I cannot for the life of me work efficiently. I have been getting to bed later and later each night; last night I went to sleep around midnight and had to wake up at 0600. Hopefully, this trend will reverse itself quickly.


To end on a bright note, the MMA game is on Saturday. GO BEARS, BEAT MERCHANT MARINE! The Corps’ morale is really high, which is good—it makes the days bearable. I saw an outstanding “gangster” clock today, and the watchstanders get to pipe cool songs before formations. Now we just need to keep the morale high for the rest of the semester.


If you have any questions, please email me at I’m stuck monitoring the library tonight. Night, all!


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