JACK MCSORLEY: Hello, my name is Jack McSorley. And I'm here with Cornell's school mascot, Touchdown. I'm a sophomore in the College of Engineering. In addition to that, I'm in a member of Navy ROTC here on campus and a member of the varsity swim team.
All right, just got out of swim practice, Antigua Hall behind me. I'm headed to my leadership class for the Navy, which happens to be right across the street here at Barton Hall. I'm here in our naval science class now. This is [INAUDIBLE]. [INAUDIBLE], you want to say hi.
SPEAKER 1: I think that to be a truly effective leader, you have to be adaptive. You also have to be creative and think that--
SPEAKER 2: Somebody is to an extreme degree is what causes problems. It doesn't mean you can't use these words thought to guide you and to see where you're at in terms of your personality.
JACK MCSORLEY: Good morning, on this snowy Ithaca morning. Today is Wednesday, which means I wear my uniform all day to all my classes. I'm looking forward to a great day.
I just got out of my physics lecture with a little bit of time to spare. I'm going to head to Bus Stop Bagels to get a quick bite to eat before math.
This is my best friend, Nungh, at Bus Stop Bagels. Say hi, Nungh.
I'm here at the Cascadilla Gorge, which is three minutes away from where my math lecture is going to be. One of my favorite parts about Cornell is all the amazing scenery that surrounds campus. This is my discrete selfie in math class wearing my uniform.
SPEAKER 3: Yeah, but many of you may not really count on some level of failure. Quite a few--
JACK MCSORLEY: We're here in drill out. There's a bunch of submarine officers today. They're going to talk to us about submarine life. As you can see, everyone is wearing the exact same thing.
SPEAKER 4: We have a 33 in operation today. All right, down the hawk stripe--
So it's snowing outside right before practice. So that means we're out here making snow balls.
SPEAKER 5: Yeah, we're out here for real.
JACK MCSORLEY: So we're here making a snowman on a kick board, and we're going to send him out in the pool.
Safe travels, snow man. First practice dinner with the team-- Navy ROTC has a very nice lounge in Barton Hall. It has plenty of tables and couches, which makes it a great place to do work and take a nap.
One of the advantages to doing ROTC in college is you only have to wear a uniform one day a week. For the other six, you're a normal college student just like everybody else. And this changes in the summer when we do Navy training. This past summer, I had the opportunity to go to San Diego for a month with all of my friends. And here are some of the highlights.
Coming from a family with no military background, I was a little hesitant joining ROTC. However, over the past year, I've developed so many close friendships here and on the swim team that I can't imagine going through college without either of these experiences. If joining ROTC at Cornell is something that you're interested in, I highly recommend that you do it. Thank you.
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Student Jack McSorley Cornell Engineering '21 gives a glimpse of his week, balancing schoolwork, Naval ROTC, and Cornell Swimming.