The second week in March marks spring break for the Coast Guard Academy. Like other college students, cadets look forward to spring break as a time to relax and spend more time with family and friends before the second half of the spring semester begins.
Spring break festivities start a little early for 1/c cadets at the Academy, as the Thursday night before break is Billet Night. Billet Night is when 1/c cadets receive their “billet,” or ensign assignment. This assignment tells firsties where they will be living for the first year and a half of their Coast Guard career, what type of work they will be doing, and also lets them know which classmates will be going with them on their assignment. The anticipation and excitement experienced by the firsties trickles down throughout the rest of the corps, and puts everyone in high spirits before heading out on spring break.
Many of the spring sports teams travel during spring break. As part of the Lacrosse team, I left Chase Hall Thursday night (right after the firsties received there billets) en route to Palm Beach, Florida. We played two games the first weekend of the break, and although the results weren’t exactly what my teammates and I wanted, I do believe that the time spent on the bus ride to Florida and the time spent together in Palm Beach did bring us closer together as a team. Hopefully this bonding time will produce future wins as we enter the bulk of our conference game schedule, starting Friday against Central Connecticut.
After we played our two games, the team was released and players were free to do whatever they wanted for the rest of spring break. I meet my parents and girlfriend in Palm Beach, and we proceeded to drive up to Orlando to spend a couple days at Disney World. The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) office at the Academy always has great deals for service members at various attractions, including Disney, and my family decided to use them! My girlfriend and I stayed an extra day in Disney after my parents headed home, and then spent a day in Savannah, Georgia before driving back up to our hometown in Northern Virginia.
I really enjoyed my spring break as a time I got to spend with teammates, friends, and family. After a restful week, I now feel up to taking on the second half of the semester.
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