All things must come to an end, and winter leave is no exception. Although it is always hard to say goodbye to good friends, delicious food, and great family, as I look back on all that I did over my winter leave, I can return to the Academy with a smile on my face. I was blessed to be able to enjoy the longest winter break that the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has ever had, thanks to the way that the school year scheduling worked out, and because of the way that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fell (so I’m sorry, but any prospective cadets reading this, don’t expect a 3 ½ week break…). Breaks at home always fly by, and when I return to the Academy, it always feels like I never left. However, reflecting upon everything that I did at home over the break, I can definitely say that I took advantage of my time away. I was able to do a lot of cooking, baking, working out, and I even went ice skating for the first time ever! I also attended several of my younger brother’s high school basketball games, which was definitely one of the highlights of being home. In addition to all of that, I was also able to spend some quality time with my other older brother, my parents, friends from high school, all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles (and there’s a lot of them!), and most importantly my girlfriend and her family! Living a mere hour away from Chicago, I went downtown on three separate occasions and enjoyed the beautiful lights and snow, and got some delicious food! Definitely another one of the highlights!
All in all, I am happy that I can reflect upon such an action-packed winter break, and come back recharged and ready for the next semester! I am so thankful for such a supportive family that helped to make my break so memorable and special!
And as I look to the next semester, I am surprisingly excited for all that it holds. I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent the Coast Guard Academy and attend the Presidential Inauguration over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, so I am very much looking forward to that! In addition, the spring rowing season is always a lot of fun, and we take a spring break training trip to Florida, which will be a blast! And even though I had to pay $1,542.91 for books, I am really looking forward to using them and getting started with all of my classes this upcoming week! It’s going to be a great semester!
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