Midterms! Crew! Parents’ Weekend! Oh my! My apologies for the lame Wizard of Oz reference, shipmates. Nonetheless, this allusion accurately sums up October for me here at the Academy.
First, let me just say that there is something about autumn in New England that is just so incredible. The trees and foliage are the most amazing shades of red and orange. I had the opportunity to visit a local cider mill and corn maze earlier this month—quintessential New England!
With October coming to a close, it’s strange to think that we are closer to the end of the semester than the beginning. Midterms were earlier this month, and let’s just say that it was a week of stress, studying, and test after test. Despite all of the pressure that led up to midterms and the subsequent pressure that is associated with that week, I am pleased to say that all of my studying paid off, as I did well on my midterm exams.
Parents’ Weekend was the first weekend of October, and it was great to see my parents, grandparents, and my best friend, Naomi. I had a crew regatta on Parents’ Weekend in Shelton, Connecticut. While my family missed watching the regimental review on Saturday morning, they were ecstatic to watch the men and women of the oar take on some tough competition on the Housatonic River. I was the coxswain for two races that weekend—once in the Women’s V4+ and the Women’s V8+. We raced well, and it was great for all of our families and friends to see just how much work we had put in since starting the season when we came back from leave in August. Being from the desert, my family had never seen a crew regatta, and they had a great time! I was so fortunate that they could be here to watch us race.
We also had our final regatta of the season, Head of the Charles, in Boston, Massachusetts at the end of October. This regatta is one of the largest races in the world. More than 9,000 athletes and 1,900 boats from all over the world come to Boston to compete on the Charles River. It was a huge honor to be able to represent USCGA. We raced three boats (the women raced a 4 and an 8, and the men raced a 4). The men’s team came in 8th place out of 46 boats in their race! Definitely an amazing feat!
With November on the horizon, I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending time with my family. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Lillian.J.Simon@uscga.edu!
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