Well, the winter break was great while it lasted. I got to spend some much wanted time off with my family and friends, also recharging my batteries for the spring semester. Although we come back to books and schoolwork, there are many events that all the cadets are anticipating. During our first week back, I was privileged enough to once again play hockey and even more exciting, our first game back was against our rival Kings Point. The game was well attended and a good welcoming back for the team. We did not get the result we wanted, but the 5 to 3 loss was a hard-fought battle, and a promise that is going to lead to an annual game.
For us third class cadets, this summer will be our cadre summer in which we get to train the incoming class of 2017, Coast Guard Scholars, or prospective cadets in the Academy Introduction Mission. All our requests have been submitted and sometime early next week we will be hearing what programs we have been selected for. Not only will we get interaction being cadre, we will also participate in many other programs that expose us to leadership. The one I am most looking forward to is the week of Coastal Sail, in which eight of my classmates, a safety officer, and me will get to sail on 44-foot sailboat around New England. All of this will be here before I know it, but until then I must keep my focus on academics.
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