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Life of a Cadet Home for Break!

(Just for Fun) Permanent link
Belanger Photo So it the night before Christmas and all through my house, everyone is making noise even my dog with his toy mouse. It has been exactly 12 days since I have been home and I cannot believe how much I have not done yet! So far I was able to go and visit my old JROTC unit and try to inspire them to look into the academies. Then I got to catch up with my old paintball friends. Let me say that it seems like nothing has changed since I have left! I am actually almost surprised with everyone. The academy has given me so many opportunities to do so many different things! From the different races I have run in, the Tough Mudder, and the trip to New York for the Veterans Day Parade. I have done so much at the Academy, it is so amazing! The next week, I was able to go shooting with my old Sergeant from my ROTC unit, ice skating and just relaxing with my friends. It has been such a nice time relaxing for the holidays!


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All Service Academy Ball!

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Belanger Photo Well it has been two weeks since I have been home from the Academy for my first Christmas break and I can’t believe I am ready to go back to school. I love being home and seeing my friends and family but I am ready to get this next semester over and done with! Since I have been home I was invited to the All Service Academy Ball located at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine about 30 minutes from my house. It was definitely an awesome experience. Being able to meet cadets at the other service academies was amazing and kind of creepy hearing how similar yet so different everything is. After walking in, my family and I were swept away into the photo room to get our group photo taken then we were able to mingle with the other families there. It was nice running into the other CGA cadets. It made me feel like I was at home. (Yes, I say the Academy is home now; I have reached that stage.) The other 4/c had the same feeling being home that I did. We have drifted from a lot of our friends and we just want to get back to our life at the Academy!


Around 7:30 all of the cadets lined up to walk in where they announced our names and school while everyone just watched us. It was a different experience but I felt proud representing the Coast Guard Academy! We were then able to sit down and begin with our meal. I sat next to a freshman from West Point. It was nice being able to talk to him and explain what our school is like. It seems a lot of families do not understand what we do. They think we are our own little world. It is almost funny! After the keynote speaker dancing began until all hours of the night. It was a great experience and I cannot wait to do it again next year!


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My Current Priorities in Life

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Miller Photo One of the things I do when I have nothing else better to do is change the Jersey Shore reality show’s GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) into something that kind of reflects my priorities in life.


For example, during Finals Week it was GSE—Gym, Study, Eat. The nice thing about finals at the Academy is that your only focus is finals, and during finals you have no military obligations and no sports practices. So a typical day would be me going to work out, possibly with a textbook to study from, then going back and eating, possibly with a textbook to study from, and then, when I felt motivated enough, studying. Since you have to focus on studying at some point, though, I spent a ton of time studying. But I was also able to hang out with friends, which was nice.


And now, during break, it’s GSE—Gym, Sleep, Eat.


We have about three and a half weeks of break this year, and it’s about half over now. It’s gone by slow, almost. It’s the first winter break in a while that I haven’t been working (you’re not allowed to work as a student of the Coast Guard Academy) and just because I’m so used to being busy, it’s hard to embrace the extra relaxation. I’ve been able to see a lot of friends from high school though, and I’m meeting up with a bunch of friends from the Academy for New Year’s Eve, which will be fun.


And since this my December blog post, I realized I should mention another big part of December—the Holiday Formal. Since a picture says a thousand words, I posted a picture showing a few of us in our outfits for it—they look wonderful, don’t they? (not).


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