As I write this, I am sitting in my room listening to Christmas music, joyously embracing the change in seasons. A lot of people say that you have to wait until after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music, but November 1st is good enough for me!
School gets pretty hectic this time of the year, as we only have 2.5 more weeks of classes and then final exams (as of today, Nov. 11th). It seems like the projects, tests, and papers never end, but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not so hard to stay motivated to finish up the year strong! I can’t believe this semester is already winding down; it seems like just yesterday that I was writing my first blog article of the semester! I’m looking forward to being home in a week, and getting some much needed rest and relaxation with my family and friends.
One of the best parts about being home for me (besides the food, sleep, time with family, seeing my girlfriend, and BEING HOME) is getting together with my friends from high school and “re-living the glory days” (as they say) by having an alumni basketball game at my high school! Although I am extremely rusty, having not played in two years (evidenced in the fact that my little brother now kicks my butt), it’s still a lot of fun to get together with my two brothers and all of our friends and play some Thanksgiving basketball. I know most people play flag football games, or do “Turkey Trots,” but my tradition has always been playing basketball, and I am very much looking forward to continuing the tradition this year!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot! The Mike and Mike talk show on ESPN came to the USCGA last week, and that was really cool! Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg host a talk show that can be seen on ESPN 2 and heard on the radio from 6-10 a.m., and last Thursday, November 8th, they broadcasted live from the cadet wardroom! It was great publicity for the Coast Guard Academy, but more importantly for me it was a lot of fun to eat breakfast and listen to the two of them talk about sports. Who needs TV when you have the real thing!
I hope any and all of you prospective cadets reading this are having a great year in high school! Enjoy those days, the time definitely goes by fast, and you are going to make some great lifetime memories and friends. As always, if you are reading this and have any questions about ANYTHING, email me at Luke.W.Carani@uscga.edu and I’d love to answer your questions! Have a great Thanksgiving!
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