Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and wherever they were they were safe. I drove down to New Jersey last Tuesday after I had taken my Spanish Quiz and boy did I hit a lot of traffic. Connecticut was basically stopped traffic, but luckily my GPS took me other routes so we were not on I-95 for very long. I had fun spending time with my family and I think the break was far too short, although I know after Thanksgiving the semester typically flies by. Like I wrote about the last week or two, MMA is collecting donations for a Children's Hospital in Ecuador. While I was home I asked my family to collect any and all clothes they had to spare. Being the oldest of six, it is very easy for my family to find clothes that either the children do not fit into, or that is not being used. I came back to school on Sunday with a contract bag full of clothes for the children in Ecuador. This week has also proven to be a busy one. With 2 tests coming up in Trans. Ops, another 2 tests in Spanish, a 10-15 page paper in Finance II along with a 25 minute presentation about Estate Planning, I also have a Business Communication paper due and designing my own website. On top of all of this, I have the Board of Trustee meeting next Thursday (December 8th) and the chorus concert the same day. This week I have a Spirit of Boston meeting Thursday at 0645 and a 7th Company Staff meeting Friday morning. My time management skills will be tested these next couple weeks, as well as my stress levels. I'm looking forward to Christmas, only 2 more weeks!
It's hard to believe that in just a couple short weeks the semester will be ending. Until then I'll be still packed with a lot of tests and work to get done. I am still waiting on the official word from Maersk Line Limited on where I'll be going this winter. Hopefully I 'll be going somewhere warm.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
In October I started to apply to about every shipping company I could imagine, both in the United States and around the world. I applied to many ship brokering, marine insurance and terminals around the world as well. Last Thursday I received an email from a shipping company called Vroon shipping in response to my application to be an Accounting Intern for them Summer 2012! They wrote saying that they would like to have a Skype Interview at 9:00 am Dutch Time. Vroon Shipping's headquarters is in the Netherlands! The interview is 3:00 am our time next Tuesday! Needless to say that I am going to be exhausted in class that day, but I am so excited to have my first Skype Interview and for a Shipping Company in the Netherlands nonetheless. Next Monday I have a phone interview with ICAP, where the former IMBU Operations Officer (my freshman year) is now employed. That interview is to be an intern at their office in New York. Next week is so exciting for me, because all of these interviews came at once! In less than a 12 hour period I will have 2 interviews for internships 2012. Although Career Services did a great job to get me my internship this past summer, I am proud that I have made these opportunities myself by finding them, making the necessary contacts and following up. Even if I end up not being offered any of these internships, it will be a great learning experience for me. I am nervous to say the least. Wish me luck!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Last Sunday 15 of the Junior Class women took Buc Vans into Dedham and went to David's Bridal to check out dresses for Ring Dance. If you can imagine 15 women in a van, going dress shopping with different mindsets and styles, you can only imagine how chaotic and crazy it was there. With many women trying on dresses at a time, it made for a fun afternoon. This year, Capt. Rozak agreed to allow 3 different dresses for the women to wear due to different budgets, body types and styles, however we were told that we must all have the same color dress. We decided on navy blue this year and agreed for 2 strapless dresses and a one shoulder dress. As you can see in the picture above the one strap dress was not available at the store in navy blue so we had to order it. The David's Bridal store was nice enough to even give us a 20% discount because so many women were ordering from there! It was a good time and alot of fun to catch up with everyone. With our lives being so busy this time of year between finals and internships we do not get to catch up often. I was very appreciative this year for the Senior Staff approving my proposal of 3 dresses, with everyone having different body types, I'm excited to feel beautiful on a special day!
Monday, November 21, 2011
At MMA it is a requirement for graduation that everyone complete an internship. This for most people means work a 40 hour week either all winter or summer. Mass Maritime helps us through their Career Services department. They have sent my resume to Beth Israel Hospital (Emergency Management Dept), Boston EMS, and The city of Boston/Mayor's Office (EM Dept) for potential internships. Beth Israel contacted me and requested an interview next week!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The last few weeks for me have been very eventful. This week will be a short one for me ending after classes Monday. But I will get my Environmental Math test and Radiological Materials lab report back that day ugh. Any ways this weekend the Drill Team was bused over 350 miles to participated in the 32nd Annual Cornell University Invitational Drill Competition AKA CUIDC. I have been at this event for the last 3 years. Last year I became President/Commander of the unit. At the conclusion of the competition this year I formally passed my position on to a very promising 3rd Class cadet. Also the creation of the newly appointed position of Advanced Drill Coordinator to none other than Jason Boucher! (The post below) He will be responsible for organizing a trick drill unit for next year. Every one had a great time and will be looking forward to attending next years competition.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This past week has been very busy, and I am thankful that Mass. Maritime Academy has taught me all about time management skills. This school year I became a Squad Leader for 7th company and conducted inspections, study hours and cleaning stations this week. This week on Study Hours I was truly moved to see how much the youngies have grown. Since Orientation ended, they have begun to show each personality. While some of them are quiet and others are our class clowns, each seem to look out for one another. In every aspect of freshman year, youngies do practically everything together. They wake up at 0530 to do cleaning stations, and many take each other's stations if they have ROTC PT, SIP or other obligations at night. After cleaning stations every morning they have inspections at 0630 and they help each other with their racks (beds), dusting, uniforms, sweeping, cleaning etc. They stand together at morning formation one right after each other and then go to classes together. After classes many of them work on homework, participate in clubs, and even hang out together. Many of our youngies can be seen along the canal going fishing. At sunset different youngies have to take down the flags for Honor Guard and then go to dinner together. Everything they do is together. Sometimes I forget how much we rely on each other and trust each other, because it comes as second nature, but since being a Squad Leader I see freshman year completely different. During study hours tonight there were many groups of cadets helping one another for hours and working together as a team to solve problems, whether it be chemistry, math or even english. I'm proud to be a Squad Leader to these cadets, as much as I hope that I have taught them something, they have taught me even more about leadership.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Since last Thursday was a Friday schedule I only had Admiralty and Maritime Law which has become probably my favorite class of the semester. The class revolves around obviously maritime law but more specifically how it can be prevented. Right now we are learning about salvage and charter party claims. Salvage is more or less when there is a reward after saving a ship from danger. Charter Parties consist of 3 different types: Bareboat (when the person chartering the vessel gets only the vessel. This does not include a crew. Often times we use the example borrow a friend's car. You get the car, however you must be held responsible for driving and fueling it!), Voyage (when the person chartering the vessel gets the vessel only for a specific purpose. We use the example of a taxi to get from Point A to Point B) and finally the Time Charter (when the person chartering it only gets the vessel for a certain period of time, that could be weeks, years or months). All of these things in class I find very interesting and the logic behind why there are certain documents or precedents for things. Interestingly enough, similar documentation that we talk about in our Admiralty Law class, we also discuss in our Transportation Operational Management class. We discuss things such as Bills of Lading or Air Waybills. I feel like finally it is all coming together. So many of my classes seem to merge together and I am getting a better grasp on the maritime industry as a whole. I have two tests this week and with my prior knowledge when answering open ended questions or even answering multiple choice questions I am able to answer and understand it at a more advanced level. I made my Spring 2012 schedule today. I can't believe I have only 3 more semesters before graduation! This school year is flying by! Before I know it we'll be applying for senior positions and ultimately jobs; next semester is going to be life changing!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Today, after classes, my friend Delphine and I went to the pool to do a workout. I have not been to the pool yet this semester but I was surprised at how many people were there. Extra curriculars are popular at school because they offer a get away from the stresses of regiment and academic life. Since the play is over, I am now able to workout more. Earlier this week, I went for a run along the canal and watch the sunset. This time of year on the cape is beautiful and many cadets are found along the canal working out.
Monday, November 7, 2011
With the final show of Dracula on Saturday it ended one half of the semester and started another for me. Saturday was a great closing to the play because of the audience. The Admiral, Academic Dean Lima and business teacher, Prof. Ragu were all there to give their support to the Maritime Players. This past Sunday I went to Middleboro again and went horseback riding. I learned how to trot on my own. While wearing my MMA hoodie, my instructor asked me about MMA because she had never heard of it before.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Last night was our first performance of Dracula and I have to say I was so pleased! We had a great audience turn-out, and the cast did wonderful! Our new addition this year was Justin Vieira who had acted in high school for a bit, Jason Boucher (another blogger!) and Tess McNally who had never done a production! With all of that being said and the nerves that come with the first night, I have to say that we did very well. Last night we had many youngies come during Study Hours to support the play. We even had to make room for some people in the audience because we ran out. I missed being on stage and acting. Dracula has been the most intense and exciting play I think I have ever participated in. I had the honor this year of playing a female Van Helsing. The cast has become a close family and I am going to miss it.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
There I was, Jason Boucher, a legend in my own mind, up at the break of dawn that Halloween morning with my badge gleaming upon my chest and a blaze in my eye ready to seize the day. It was a good day to be a Cop. I'm a few days late but here is a small post about the weekend and the Halloween Morning Formation. It started out as a nice weekend back home spending quality time with the loved ones, but as some of you may have heard, much of the East Coast and my beloved home of Connecticut has hit in the face with a snow storm. The State was hit hard and now my home and much of the state is without power. Thanks to the Halloween morning, the frown went upside down with the morning formation which contained a civil war battle, the Perkis Power Squad, the Blue Man Group, and a rebellious band which seemed to just walk off the field, it was a great start to the week seeing everyone in their costumes including Captain America, Avatar, a Gorilla, and myself as a police officer. The week has continued with a haste as it seems I have no time on my hands. With test after test and activity after activity it seems as my days are getting smaller. I have been successful so far and have managed to get all I need to done, MOTIVATION IS THE KEY! The week is only halfway done and not stopping. Tomorrow is the premiere of MMA's own Maritime Players play, The Passion of Dracula, with a troupe including myself and fellow blogger Jordon Megee will be starring in, I hope to see all there.