Coming back to school was anything but a slow transition. It felt like as soon as I got back the work load was piled on. Maybe this was true, or maybe I was just wasn't used to taking classes for the last 3 months. What I do know for sure is that this is going to be one of the toughest semesters yet. The courses alone are very tough. For example, Applied Shiphandling 1 combines everything that we have learned over the last 2 years and puts into application. For this class we use our T/V Ranger and the brand new Ship Simulator in the ABS Information Commons. One of my other tough classes is Stability and Trim. In this class we discuss all the different forces that act on the vessel. It is a thorough application of physics as well as critical thinking. Some of my other classes include, Automatic Radar Plotting Aids, American Government, Tugs 2, and Composing in Electronic Media.
With the spring semester comes the spring crew season. I have decided to row in the spring for the first time here at MMA. I am really excited for the upcoming season. We have a lot of potential to do well and prove to be one of best boats in the league. With the cold weather looming still through march, it will prove to be an uphill battle until the warm weather comes.
Also in the spring is when the juniors apply for senior leadership positions. Some of these positions include the rate positions on the ship, positions within the majors, and positions on the company staff. However I will be applying for a position in a more important role. I am applying to be the next Regimental Commander. The Regimental Commander is the highest ranking cadet in the Regiment and is part of the Regimental Staff. I am looking forward to applying for this position and going through the selection process.
Also in a few weeks I will be attending a leadership conference at Framingham State with five other cadets. This will be a great opportunity to enhance my leadership skills.