We all strive to reach the conclusion to the hard work we are putting forth and this is mine. I piece of metal with some shiny rocks attached to it. A class ring. A symbol of triumph and victory over the rigors of college life and classes and problems. And this one is mine.
What you see is an anchor and propeller the two symbols of the warring departments at this college, the Deckies and the Engineers, respectfully. Why did I get the ring with both symbols, especially when I am an engineer? The answer is simple, no ship can be run on it’s own by just one department. We depend on our brothers whether in the wheelhouse or down in the engine room to work together to make the voyage.
You also see a rigged tall ship, the USS Saint Mary’s. The first training ship of our college actually our first college. The ship itself was a school for mariners to become mariner officers. You can see an eagle, this particular one is fashioned off of the eagle on top of the New York Sate Seal.
There is also a pentagon representing the home of the college, Fort Schuyler. To finish off the ring there are two words on either side of the Fort, “Loyalty” and “Valor” our colleges motto and I do what I can to hold true to these words.
You also see an ocean colored stone that is flanked by green and red (not seen) stones that are reminiscent of the running lights on a nautical vessel.
What you don’t see in the photo is a pinch of failure. The graduating year on that ring “2012″ well, it’s 2013 and I still haven’t graduated. Am I embarrassed? A smidgen but I am proud of all that I have done here (minus some of the academics but that’s another story for another day). I’ve started a handful clubs on campus and still run one today and have learned much about the shipping industry as I can. I continue to learn about it as much as I can each day while between classes, meetings, practices, work, and trying to squeeze a phone call with my girlfriend into jam packed schedule.
Is it tough? Hell yes. No doubt about it but that doesn’t stop it from being fun even though I maybe running on empty through most of the week. I am aiming for a July Graduation and working asap unless I get an internship at the union i want to work for which will give me a leg up on my peers looking for jobs.
My main focus is passing all my classes so all I need to do for graduation is to take the seven tests that compose of the US Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineers license exam. Once those tests are completed I will have graduated and be on my way to the next level in my life. (Many thanks to Steve Kamb at Nerd Fitness for the Level Up Your Life way of thinking.)
But I also am doing what I can to manage my clubs and commitments on campus as well as a Resident Advisor. Nothing says victory quite like saving the world on a daily basis even if it means just tackling every item on my list. (I never though I’d see the day where I do my homework well before it’s due and attend all my classes for the week.)
Sure I may have failed my goal of getting out of Maritime in four years but there is no need to race through every level in life. I’m finally on the boss battle for this stage and I have all the hidden power ups and secrets needed to win the high score. I just have to keep focused and don my silly cap of propellers.