Cadet Blog: 4/C Mary Boujoukos (MENG - Bridgewater, MA) 1-2-23


“My name is Mary Boujoukos.  I am a freshman Marine Engineering major from Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Today was a very anxious day for me. I can’t lie, I was so afraid this morning and just kept saying how badly I didn’t want to do this. I didn’t want to be on this ship for almost two months, but I had to.

I moved my things onto the ship, barely making it because of how heavy my bags were. Packing for two months is no joke! I moved down into the hold and it was utter chaos. Hold 333, my hold, is completely full besides one rack being empty. All these girls trying to unpack into racks and lockers was crazy difficult.

Suddenly, I wasn’t dreading all of it. My fear turned into excitement.  Now I’m already starting to make friends with the other girls in my hold. I have Utility tonight midnight to 0800, which doesn’t sound fun but the key is making the utter best of everything you can!”

door organizer in hold
Keeping track of your things aboard the TS Kennedy isn't easy.  There is limited storage space.  It looks like Mary has discovered a great solution with her door organizer.  She even found room for her stash of Sour Patch Kids.  

Mary's hold with bunk beds
Here's a peak inside Mary's hold, #333.  

Thanks so much for writing the very FIRST blog of Sea Term 2023, Mary! 

I know that our 20,915 student followers will appreciate your honesty.  We can all relate to your anxiety about trying something new. 

You turned a bad day around with your positive attitude.  What a great example for all of us to follow! the midst of such a crazy day, you took the time to blog.

We look forward to hearing about your Utility assignment from midnight to 0800 after such a busy day. We also hope you'll send us a photo of you aboard the TS Kennedy.

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