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February 12, 2017
“We'll search for tomorrow on every shore”
Come Sail Away, Styx
When it came to knowing things about the American navy, I was a little slow on the uptake.
I mean, I knew some basics from NCIS, but the bulk of my naval know-how was based exclusively in 19th century British naval history.
So you know, not exactly relevant for anything from our own non-fictional era.
So when I was given the chance to apply to attend the Naval Academy’s 2017 Leadership Conference as a civilian delegate from UR’s Jepson Leadership School, it seemed like the perfect chance to see a whole new world.
The conference was hosted at the naval academy in Annapolis, so it was an easy drive for myself and another one of the three delegates to make together.
We were in Annapolis for three days and spent most of them at the academy. We listened to a variety of speakers from all over the navy, including two Navy Seals, a Rear Admiral, and a very sweet and retired naval dog.
We even got to play tourist a couple times – we ate out in Annapolis one night, took a tour of the academy, and got to interact with the academy’s midshipmen (students) on a number of occasions.
As a Leadership Major, the content of the conference was nothing particularly new, but the context it was delivered in was a complete culture shock.
It’s one thing to learn about making decisions in extreme situations in the comfort of a UR classroom, but it’s another thing entirely to hear about it in a panel led by people who have actually experienced armed combat.
The whole conference was a truly unique experience, and I couldn’t have done it without the university’s help.
My teachers all excused my class absences without any issues at all, and the Leadership School reimbursed me for all of my conference-related expenses.
I never thought I’d have the chance to learn more about the American navy from the navy itself, and even after almost three years at UR I still cannot believe how many unique opportunities I’ve been given by the school.
And I can only hope that I continue to take advantage of these opportunities without sail.
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