Here at the Academy, there are two things that can instantly boost corps-wide morale: late racks and snow days. Last Friday, with winter storm Nemo approaching the Northeast, the base was forced to shut down so that nonessential personnel wouldn’t be trapped on base when the snow began in the afternoon.
Last week was pretty tough on the majority of cadets, so when we found out at breakfast on Friday that all classes were cancelled, it was a welcome surprise. Conditions were projected to be pretty bad, so all cadets were kept on base Friday for safety. As a result, the corps spent the rest of the day studying, sleeping, working out, or fooling around. At night, cadets went out to enjoy the snow. There were snow ball fights, forts, and snow men all over. My roommate, who is from Rwanda, had never seen so much snow in his life! He was not the only one getting his first chance to play in the snow, though. There are many cadets from warm states in the south, so this was the first real snow storm for some of them. In the end, we had an awesome night.
Unfortunately, on Saturday we had to stay inside for most of the day because conditions were too dangerous outside for cadets to be roaming around. In the meantime, we entertained ourselves. Eventually, we were finally allowed out of the barracks again, but no one was allowed off base. However, that didn’t stop more snowball fights, body sledding, and fun in the snow. On Sunday, we were finally granted permission to leave base on libo, so that was a nice end to an awesome weekend.
Overall, it was a great long weekend. Personally, I was able to have fun and still get my work done. After the tough week last week and an equally daunting week this week, it was nice to get Friday off and enjoy the long weekend with all my classmates.
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