Out of the Comfort Zone

As far back as 4 BC, Roman philosopher Seneca was teaching his students that it is not because things are difficult that we do not dare.  It is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

1/C Haley Delahanty agrees that stepping out of ones comfort zone - repeatedly - has been a big factor in her success.  This cadet graduated from Wachusett Regional High School (Holden, MA) in 2014, is currently an Emergency Management major and this years’ Regimental Adjutant.  Delahanty will be responsible for constructing and organizing the Academy watch schedule.  She is excited at the opportunity to help guide incoming freshmen and to share her experience as part of the process.  “Youngies need to take every single opportunity that the school as to offer, even if it means going out of their comfort zone,” she said.  “My own orientation was where I first learned to leave my comfort zone.  It was the first time I was away from home with no communication.  I was inclined to keep to myself.  I was nervous and homesick.  Little did I know that all those ‘strangers’ would become some of the best friends I ever had,” she finished.

Delahanty plans a post grad career in law enforcement, specifically with the State Police.

1C Michael Tenaglia is an International Maritime Business major.  He graduated from Pope John II High School (Hyannis MA) in 2014 and will serve as the 
2017-18 Student Government Association President. “I chose to attend MMA after seeing how successful my older brother was after he graduated from MMA, I knew that the rigorous discipline system and tough regimental standards would help me become a better person. I clearly remember how my Orientation squad leaders and senior officers helped me become the best cadet I can be. I want to pay them back by doing the same and helping others reach their maximum potential,” Tenaglia reported.  

The most memorable moment of my Orientation was during lunch towards the end of the two weeks. My platoon was walking past the Regimental Staff Table when a clip board fell off. I stopped, picked it up and placed it on the table. The current SGA President at the time said, Thank you cadet candidate.  Please put your hand out.”  He placed a small bag of M&Ms in it. This small gesture put me into my comfort zone. It also taught me a little more about leadership style!

Tenaglia will pursue a career in the maritime industry but has not yet decided what sector.