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A World Away from California

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link   All Posts
 Brooklyn Andreasen I believe it’s true that we learn something new every day. Well, this winter break I learned Connecticut is definitely a world away from California, on the other side of the country as a matter of fact. I spent two ‘Academy-free’ weeks with friends and family and probably slept more in that time than I did the first half of my first semester. This, however, is simply a sign that I need to prioritize my time much more effectively. I spent a lot of time talking to my friends about their college experiences; the contrasts were both large and small in certain areas. For example, one friend is at a state college in Southern California paying $700 for an apartment she shares with two other roommates, I personally find this to be a bit pricey, I’m not sure about anyone else. All of my friends seem to freak out substantially for their exams so this seems to match most cadets here.

Winter break is a good chance to recuperate and prepare for another semester; still I’m timid to admit that I’m excited to begin a new semester. As we all get ready to work harder than we thought possible, I have the added distraction of what is going on at my home in California. I try to ignore the pangs I feel about leaving my childhood neighborhood in order to embark on a greater adventure. So I have resolved to talk to my family when possible and take advantage of what the Academy offers. Not just the essential stuff like a clinic and food, but the sponsor program, and all of the people around me who are willing to help. I have visited with my roommate’s sponsor family and bonded with my company; these new friendships I am making will not replace any old ones but help me experience all that the Academy and the Coast Guard have to offer. Not to mention help me out almost every night I have homework in SED. Speaking of SED, I believe my Statics book is calling to me now. If you have any questions please don’t forget my email address and email me any time.

Brooklyn.A.Andreasen@uscga.edu

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