A remarkable testament to the dedication of one of our amazing Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE) instructors.
"My high school wasn't very challenging. I never had to struggle. I was 15th in the class. Section leader in my marching band. Top of this. Top of that. Where I grew up, not too many people go to college out of state. So, when I got accepted into West Point, I assumed that I'd continue to succeed. But I finished my first semester with a 2.5 GPA. Not only was I barely surviving, but I felt like I was trying as hard as I could. I started thinking: 'Am I dumb? Can I even do this?' My second semester I had a physics teacher named Major Bowen. He was honest with me about my faults. He told me that I needed to get more sleep. And that I had poor time management skills. But he also told me some nice stuff. He said that I was a good student to have in class. And that I was definitely smart enough to succeed. It's nice to hear that stuff when you're surrounded by so many naturally talented people. Major Bowen showed me ways to become more efficient. I started using calendars. I started studying in groups. I began tutoring people in calculus, because teaching is the best way to really learn a subject. Six weeks into the second semester I got my first test back, and it was an 'A.' It was a '90,' but it was an 'A.' It was like: 'Oh, wow. I can do this.'" ~CDT Lampkin '21.