Well it has been two weeks since I have been home from the Academy for my first Christmas break and I can’t believe I am ready to go back to school. I love being home and seeing my friends and family but I am ready to get this next semester over and done with! Since I have been home I was invited to the All Service Academy Ball located at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine about 30 minutes from my house. It was definitely an awesome experience. Being able to meet cadets at the other service academies was amazing and kind of creepy hearing how similar yet so different everything is. After walking in, my family and I were swept away into the photo room to get our group photo taken then we were able to mingle with the other families there. It was nice running into the other CGA cadets. It made me feel like I was at home. (Yes, I say the Academy is home now; I have reached that stage.) The other 4/c had the same feeling being home that I did. We have drifted from a lot of our friends and we just want to get back to our life at the Academy!
Around 7:30 all of the cadets lined up to walk in where they announced our names and school while everyone just watched us. It was a different experience but I felt proud representing the Coast Guard Academy! We were then able to sit down and begin with our meal. I sat next to a freshman from West Point. It was nice being able to talk to him and explain what our school is like. It seems a lot of families do not understand what we do. They think we are our own little world. It is almost funny! After the keynote speaker dancing began until all hours of the night. It was a great experience and I cannot wait to do it again next year!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate! Nathan.D.Belanger@uscga.edu.
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