Class 55 Week 10

Week 10 at OYCP
By Cadet Dahlby

Counting down the days until we’re halfway through the program, cadets are getting in the swing of things here at OYCP. We have a few cadets finishing up the last of their math and English and becoming tutors to help others, new cadets being promoted to lead their platoons and kitchen staff, and cadets breaking their old fitness scores and getting to the top of the company scoreboard.

Our student government has been working hard to set up and plan our halfway party that we’ll be having the 29th this month, and the rest of the company is very much looking forward to have an easy day off of a micromanaged schedule to kick back a little bit and be able to talk freely with others, play games, and have a great lunch. We have a lot planned for the cadets for the halfway party because they’ve been working endlessly and deserve an afternoon to be able to enjoy themselves and relax.

Health class this week has some cadets doing a Baby Think it Over project, where 6 cadets from each platoon are given a realistic, robotic baby, which they must care for. The project lasts 5 days, 24 hours a day, and they must feed them, burp them, change them, and rock them so do not cry. They are each graded on how well the baby is taken care of and must work as a platoon to look after the baby, as each other cadet is an aunt or uncle to the babies and must pitch in.

On Friday, March 16, 2018, the cadets of third platoon had the opportunity to meet author Elizabeth Strout. Thanks to a generous donation from the Deschutes Public Library, all the cadets were able to go see Ms. Strout speak, and have books signed. Cadet Hazen, from third platoon, gives her thoughts on the evening.

An Evening with Elizabeth Strout
By Cadet Hazen

On March 16th, 2018, third platoon got the opportunity to take part in not only a book signing, but an event in which we got to see what was going on inside the mind of an author. Ms. Strout is as smart as she is kind, and has an amazing sense of humor. She has written a total of six novels as well as been awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She explained to us her point of view in which she thinks about how none of us will ever actually be able to see things from another’s point of view. She definitely made us all think!. I know that I had a really god time getting to know Ms. Strout through the stories that she told us and the experiences that she has dealt with first hand; I know that the rest of third platoon did too! We are all extremely thankful for this experience and grateful that we got to meet a person as talented and generous as Elizabeth Strout.

With the program’s halfway point just around the corner, cadets are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and days are getting easier as we all get used to the schedule and expectations. As our cadre promised, and many cadets didn’t believe so early on; the days fly by, and pretty soon you’ll be counting down just how many weeks are left until graduation.