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Fun in the Snow

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo Here at the Academy, there are two things that can instantly boost corps-wide morale: late racks and snow days. Last Friday, with winter storm Nemo approaching the Northeast, the base was forced to shut down so that nonessential personnel wouldn’t be trapped on base when the snow began in the afternoon.


Last week was pretty tough on the majority of cadets, so when we found out at breakfast on Friday that all classes were cancelled, it was a welcome surprise. Conditions were projected to be pretty bad, so all cadets were kept on base Friday for safety. As a result, the corps spent the rest of the day studying, sleeping, working out, or fooling around. At night, cadets went out to enjoy the snow. There were snow ball fights, forts, and snow men all over. My roommate, who is from Rwanda, had never seen so much snow in his life! He was not the only one getting his first chance to play in the snow, though. There are many cadets from warm states in the south, so this was the first real snow storm for some of them. In the end, we had an awesome night.


Unfortunately, on Saturday we had to stay inside for most of the day because conditions were too dangerous outside for cadets to be roaming around. In the meantime, we entertained ourselves. Eventually, we were finally allowed out of the barracks again, but no one was allowed off base. However, that didn’t stop more snowball fights, body sledding, and fun in the snow. On Sunday, we were finally granted permission to leave base on libo, so that was a nice end to an awesome weekend.


Overall, it was a great long weekend. Personally, I was able to have fun and still get my work done. After the tough week last week and an equally daunting week this week, it was nice to get Friday off and enjoy the long weekend with all my classmates.


More about Hunter.


February Fun

(Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo Well, if we thought we weren’t going to get a lot of snow this year, we were definitely wrong. Winter storm Nemo definitely made its mark on the Academy this past weekend. Friday classes were cancelled, which excited the Corps of Cadets. What we thought would be an extended weekend ended up meaning no Friday night or Saturday liberty for anyone because of the severe weather conditions. However, we definitely made the most out of the weather. We all had a great time enjoying the winter wonderland, whether it was making snow angels, sledding down the library hill or even throwing snow balls at fellow comrades, fun was had among all. As a matter of fact, Sunday as I was standing my duty in the Cadet Watch Office, I observed either NOAA or Officer Candidates also playing in the snow.


I believe this weekend will be much more fun though as we have a long weekend as President’s day allowing us to leave after our last military obligation on Friday and return on Monday because of the holiday. I never have enjoyed federal holidays as much as I do at the Coast Guard Academy because we are awarded a long weekend for each of them. This long weekend is definitely well deserved, though, considering last week I had 2 quizzes and 1 exam and this week, I have 3 exams.


Everything is going by so quickly at school already. Next Tuesday the 19th, we are already starting to take our 4/c Boards, which is an oral exam of Coast Guard indoctrination that when all of our classmates pass, we will be granted carry-on in Chase Hall and will not have to square around like little robots anymore. Needless to say, I will be spending the majority of this weekend studying for Boards because I am eager to be a real person inside of Chase Hall again.


More about Samantha.