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Branching Out

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2020) Permanent link   All Posts
Lorence Photo The first weeks are the hardest trying to get adjusted to normal cadet life. I came out of Swab Summer energized and ready for the school year. I still have that same energy every morning when I wake up. I have noticed a lot of fourth class cadets stay within their own companies aside from participating on a sports team, but with my experiences during Swab Summer (switching companies for two weeks) I have made great friends throughout the Corps of Cadets. This gives me the ability to help introduce people from other companies to mine, and vice versa. With these friends (in company and out) I have had countless opportunities to do amazing things, such as providing assistance for runners in a youth triathlon.


I will also be able to do many more amazing things in the coming months. October 7th I will be departing from the Academy with the Rifle Team to shoot against the Naval Academy. The team is also traveling to Colorado to shoot against the Air Force Academy very soon! I am sure my scores will only continue to improve under the guidance of the excellent coaching staff we have. The environment of the team only adds to this positively, and would recommend anyone to come try it out!


Finding something to do after shooting became simple for me after I made a mini schedule. I eat, workout for an hour and shower, and then it’s time to attack homework. I found the course load very difficult to manage in the beginning, but after timing my homework in sections I have found it to be quite easy. There are still times when I will not finish a homework assignment, but the teachers are understanding and can extend the deadline, or give partial credit where it is allowed.


Overall life at the Academy has been a blast! I’m sure it will only raise the bar in the coming months! If you would like to contact me with any questions on the Rifle Team, or really anything, my email is always open:


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