PO2 Jake Palisoc
I joined the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps on Guam in 2015, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Through the Sea Cadets, I learned about the United States Naval Academy and had the privilege to attend the USNA Summer Seminar in June. It was an unforgettable experience and I made so many memories.
The main purpose of the Summer Seminar is to give perspective students the Naval Academy college experience including: campus life, academic aspects, physical aspects, benefits, life among peers, and the requirements to be accepted into the Academy. One of the main aspects I learned about the Academy is the commitment it requires of you as a student. In addition to your studies, you must also maintain great physical shape. Your first six and a half weeks at the Academy as a freshman, called Plebe summer, you are completely cut off from the outside world. Though it may sound overwhelming, what I experienced at the Academy was so fun and an encouragement to finish high school strong. From PT in the morning to Sea Trials, the Summer Seminar was unforgettable.
Another great aspect of the Academy are the bonds created with your classmates during your four years. I experienced this at the Seminar. I met so many amazing people during my summer experience and made friends and bonds that will last a lifetime. During the week we had a brief from Ryan Manion, head of the Travis Manion Foundation. Ryan Manion’s brother, who was killed in action, attended the Naval Academy. Through her brief I learned about how you are not only attending the Naval Academy for college but are also dedicating your life to a career in the US Navy.
On my way home to Guam, I had a layover in Japan and met a Naval Academy alumni. I was practically halfway around the world from Annapolis, and I ran into someone from the Academy. The Naval Academy has influence across the globe. From this experience of a lifetime, I hope to attend the Naval Academy. I encourage those interested in the Naval Academy to attend the Summer Seminar because it is an experience you will never forget.