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A Florida Boy’s First Winter

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Belanger Photo Growing up in northern Florida did not prepare me at all for what I am currently experiencing here in the North. Before I came here a low of 60 degrees would cause me to wear a winter jacket with jeans and the heat turned up all the way in my car. Well in early November, I discovered a new definition of cold. The first morning I woke up and looked at the thermometer on my desk and saw that outside the temperature was 30 degrees, my heart sunk. Formation was held indoors for a change and I felt like that day would be no different than any other day. However, on the way to my first class I immediately knew I was out of my element. Because we have to follow the Plan of the Day, I was not ready for the short walks to class. I was freezing. Those that I made fun of during the summer for complaining about 85 degree weather with a little humidity got to get their laughs in.


Two weekends ago, the northern United States was hit with the first blizzard of the winter. Well let’s just say that I did not know what was happening at all. I got into my first snowball fight and lost. Got tackled in the snow, a lot, and discovered what black ice is. On the way to an exam last week walking down the famous library hill, in terms of those around me, I ate it. I slipped on to my back and slid about 10 feet down the hill. Let’s just say that it was not graceful at all. This past weekend was Presidents’ Day weekend which meant there was no school on Monday! So I tried to go skiing. I think I rolled down the mountain more than I was actually on my feet. All bumps and bruises aside, I cannot wait to go again! This next time I am going to try snowboarding though!


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Two Weeks Until Spring Break

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Another month has quickly passed, and we are only two weeks away from spring break! This past month was very busy with diving and school, but I got through it. We had tons of exams and quizzes the past couple of weeks, but you study one at a time and it ends up being okay. This past weekend the corps was granted a long for President’s day and we were allowed to leave on Friday after school and didn’t have to be back until Monday evening. I had NEWMACS, which is the swimming and diving championship at MIT in Boston. The team left on Thursday afternoon and we didn’t get back until Sunday night late. The competition went really well and the team did great. There were a lot of school records set and NCAA cuts made. They were very long days spent at the pool, but all of the work we have put in this season showed. We have a great group on the team and I had so much fun cheering for everyone. I was able to see "Safe Haven" this weekend with my diving coach and teammates. We all read the book over training trip and decided that we would go see it when it came out in theaters. It was such a good movie, but different from the book.


With spring break only two weeks away, the morale in the corps is high and everyone is excited to have a break. A lot of people are going out of the country with others from school, but I am going home for the week. It will be nice to see my friends and hang out at the beach and on the boat.


The 4/c are starting to take their boards this week and my 4/c has his this evening. He studied so hard and put in so much effort that I know he will be able to successfully pass the test. It is a very nerve wracking experience and it gets scary when you are in a room being asked any question out of a study packet of 48 pages, but with hard work, the questions will seem easy.


Keep working hard and having fun! As always, send any questions my way


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