Riverside Preparatory Academy

Students Gain Hands-On Experience in the UK

Katie L. Martin
Five of Riverside’s cadets gained first-hand experience in the United Kingdom for ten days. On October 12, the cadets and LTC(R) David Lee ventured across the Atlantic and were welcomed by the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, UK. 
It was an opportunity for several cadets to reconnect with students who visited Riverside over the summer. 
For four days, the cadets participated in field infantry training which involved setting up camp, first aid training, and learning ambush tactics and weaponry. Each company consisted of cadets from across the world, including France, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, and the United States. This immersive experience cultivated a greater knowledge of cross-cultural relationships allowing Riverside cadets to learn from different cultures.
“You’re not going to get that experience at any other school,” Cadet Brady Kriegel said. “I learned skills I can take with me and use in life.”
As the trip progressed, the cadets toured Cambridge and London. They visited multiple universities, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and to the excitement of the cadets, the film location for a scene from Thor. The trip concluded with a classic dinner of fish and chips.
When asked why a cadet should consider applying for future trips to the UK, LTC(R) Lee said, “You gain exposure to new cultures, and it expands your horizon. Not to mention, it looks great on a résumé as you continue life past Riverside.”