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What About Weekends?

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Nelson Photo I always tell people, “This semester has been a blur. It’s gone by so fast!” And that never ceases to be true, however, I would say more realistically, “The days are long, and the weeks are short.” What I mean by that is, our daily schedules are so full of activities and classes that by the end of the day, I am often shocked that what I did that morning didn’t happen two mornings ago. For me this craziness can be overwhelming at times, and the weekends are definitely the time for me to relax from the previous week. This is where my sponsor family comes in.

 

I would highly, highly recommend signing up for a sponsor family for those of you interested in attending the Coast Guard Academy. It is like your family away from home. I have had mine since the end of Swab Summer, and they have been truly a blessing to spend time with. This past weekend, I got to spend the night with them on Friday and part of the day on Saturday, and it was nice to live in a normal home doing normal home things for a few hours. And also it was great to hear about someone else’s life outside of the Academy. For example, my sponsor brother got drafted for Little League baseball, and my sponsor sister has a dance recital that I am going to try to go to. For me having that type of tie to the outside world is really important and is something I think we cadets can forget about.

 

Another thing that I like to do on the weekends is go with friends to someplace away from the Academy grounds. For example, a few weekends ago, I went with a bunch of friends to their sponsor family’s house, and we hiked the woods behind the house for a few hours and watched movies in their basement. While these seem like trivial things to get so excited about, it is very important to keep up with normal life, even when academics and military obligations seem to be the brunt of the work.

 

The last thing is to keep up with any religious practices/church that you normally attend. I often see my friends and other cadets not going to church because they feel too bogged down by homework and other things. Academics are hard and demanding, but at the end of the day, what you pour your time into is what you value most. Learning can be fun and rewarding, but I cannot say that I value it above God, family and friends. This balance has been a tough one to learn, and I am by no means perfect at it. However, for those incoming swabs and even parents of them, make sure you work to keep up with those parts of your “civilian” life that you want to take with you, such as religion, family, and friends.

 



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Hvala Belgrade

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2012) Permanent link
Wowtschuk Photo Hello Shipmates! I am writing this blog from the middle of an eleven hour trip back from Belgrade. Since, I know none of you know what that is, I will save you a Google search and tell you it is the capitol of Serbia. No not Siberia…Serbia…they are different places. Serbia is a country in the Balkans region of Europe (South East Europe), not in Russia (like my credit card company thought). We actually went to war there thirteen years ago…Who Knew?! (Some of the bombed out buildings still aren’t fixed).

 

Anyway, I went there to participate in a Model United Nations Conference, along with two other cadets from the Academy. We were three of only about ten Americans at the conference and we were the only ones who actually flew all the way from the States (the rest go to school in Europe). All of the other participants were from Europe, and the vast majority of the 270 total students at the conference were Serbian.

 

I’m not going to talk about the actual conference, but about the people I met while I was there. It is the people of Serbia and the people I worked with at the conference that made it an incredible experience. I would almost use the term life changing, but that’s pretty heavy. During my five days in Belgrade, I made some closer friends than I’ve made in the past four years at school.

 

My new favorite person in the world is a Serbia girl; I’ll call her Novi Sad. She is in the running for the most awesome person I have ever met. Extremely nice, incredibly cool, funny, down to earth, oh and did I mention beautiful. She made sitting in four hour straight committee sessions tolerable and sometimes even fun. She did everything in her power to help me…uh, make female acquaintances. I wish there was a way to repay her for her covert reconnaissance missions into gathering relationship statuses. I can’t even begin to thank her for all she did, I will never forget it.

 

I met a girl with the most beautiful name in the world, jet black hair, and gorgeous crystal blue eyes. Don’t worry, I told her. Дякую!

 

I ran into my ex-girlfriend at the conference too…well not exactly, but I did befriend a girl who looks just like her….except a lot prettier and not nearly as manipulative. (Note: the following is the best pick-up line I’ve ever used) “Hey, do you mind if I take a picture with you? You look just like a friend of mine.” It worked…sort of. Regardless, I couldn’t help but get lost in her deep round hazel eyes every time I spoke with her…an absolutely amazing girl.

 

I showed another girl a thing or two about American dancing, and rocked out to old school 90s hip-hop in a secret underground club. Apparently Wu-Tang is forever in Serbia.

 

I spent my last day walking around Belgrade on a spectacular day with literally the hottest girl I have ever met, AND also one of the sweetest. I don’t think I stopped smiling for six straight hours. This girl, who not only has supermodel good looks (she made it to the finals of a supermodel completion in Serbia. In Serbia! Where you see the most gorgeous girl you’ve ever seen every ten minutes), but she also still wanted to talk to me after I told her she was gorgeous…which being from NY, completely blew my mind.

 

In conclusion….I need to go back.

 

Fun Fact: It is not easy to spend $200 in Belgrade in six days…even if you try.

 



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