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Opportunities and Service

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Anderson Photo It is definitely the home stretch around here and people are bearing down for the end of the semester. The leaves have changed, and for the most part fallen (yes, with the help of a hurricane). Winter uniforms are the new thing, and first call to colors happens before the end of the work day. With many recent changes in cadet life, people are definitely ready for a break (or two).


As the semester comes to a close, I will not deny that I too am really ready to go home for some much needed rest and relaxation. I have qualified for Recruiting Leave and will be heading home a few days early, stopping in to talk to both high school students and Admissions Partners, and catching up with some friends from before I came to the Academy.


Throughout the course of the semester, I have had the opportunity to do several neat things. I attended the Women’s Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C. and got to meet several women in the fleet who have followed career paths similar to what I am looking for. I have competed in collegiate pistol matches, as well as an Excellence in Competition high power pistol match. And finally, I have challenged myself academically with courses from two majors and an elective at Connecticut College. Upon my return, I will be taking several finals, as well as practical exams for the EMT Basic qualification.


I have also done a ton of community service—from filling bags and visiting schools for Fire Safety Week, to evacuating residents due to a hurricane, to responding to actual emergencies, to celebrating the heritage and 175th anniversary of the fire department which I am involved in, and enjoyed every minute of it. Over the course of the semester, I have performed over 400 community service hours with the Old Mystic Fire Department, where everyone has been more than willing to help me learn and gain both knowledge and skills relevant to the fire department. I have had the opportunity to respond to several calls, and recently have had the opportunity to perform CPR twice. During Emergency Room observation time for EMT Class, I was privileged enough to be a part of the team in the ER who resuscitated a patient and restarted his heart through relentless CPR and many interventions. It was, quite possibly, the most amazing thing I have seen in my time at the Academy.


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