I am currently at The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA. TBS is the basic officer’s course that all newly minted Marine Corps officers must complete. I will be graduating on January 29, 2014 and will be moving down to Pensacola, FL. I’ll most likely be spending the next two years there as I complete flight school.
I started out at Chapin in second grade back in 1998. Over the next seven years, Chapin had a profound impact on shaping the man I am today. It was in fifth grade that I decided that I wanted to become a Marine, a dream I would realize 11 years later. A year later, I set my sights on the Naval Academy, an institution that I now proudly call my alma mater. Both of these aspirations began at Chapin and with the help of my friends and teachers, I built a skill set that set me up for success.
My most memorable experiences at Chapin weren’t in the classroom but on the field or on the court. The camaraderie, competitiveness, drive and perseverance I developed from four years of athletics served me well in high school, college and my young career thus far. These attributes are the four necessities that all Marine Corps officers must possess. And while I’ve fostered these qualities over the years, they all started from many practices and games that Chapin afforded me.
To the current students, I would say this. Don’t take your education lightly. While you may not appreciate it now, it will set you up for success further down the road. I’ve been amazed at the number of times that my education has given me opportunities I didn’t think possible. Lastly, whatever task you’re given, give it everything you’ve got. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish with hard work.
Alexander Kovensky, '05
2ND LT, USMC