Connor Banerjee, squatting front left, is on a U.S. Navy destroyer last summer in San Diego, where he shadowed a boatswain’s mate for three weeks.
Connor Banerjee, squatting front left, is on a U.S. Navy destroyer last summer in San Diego, where he shadowed a boatswain’s mate for three weeks.

   After Connor Banerjee finished his junior year at Ripon High School, like many students he engaged in a college search.

   But the one that spoke to him wasn’t one that coddled him, or made him feel relaxed and comfortable.

   No, this one challenged him from the start, physically and mentally.

   Most students would run away.

   Not Connor.

   Now, several years later, he sees joining the U.S. Naval Academy, sometimes known as Annapolis, as the best decision he could have made for himself.

   “I think I need that sense of purpose in my life and that’s why I’m here,” he said of one of the most difficult universities in the United States.

   Getting in, however, was its own feat.

Read the full story in the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.