I recently returned from spring break, and I had an awesome time this past week. I spent my spring break in Florida with my old roommate, Nathan Belanger. We left after our last military obligation on Friday, March 8th. We left in the midst of a snowstorm, but luckily we got to Florida without a problem. I stayed at Nate’s house from Friday night to Tuesday, and I had a great time meeting his local friends, visiting his school, fishing, and experiencing the local culture. On Tuesday morning, we woke up early to head down to Orlando. We had gotten passes from the Academy’s morale and wellness center for three free day passes to Universal studios and Island of Adventure, so we rented a hotel room near the parks and went to have a good time.
On Tuesday evening, we decided to relax after a long day of travel, so we went down to the pool and the sauna to relax before heading out on the town for some dinner. We met up with some fellow fourth class girls from the Academy, and we had a fun dinner at a smokehouse in Orlando. Wednesday and Thursday Nate, two of his friends from Jacksonville, the fourth class girls from the Academy, and I all went to Universal and Island of Adventure. We rode tons of rides and honestly felt like a kid again. Overall, it was an awesome few days.
After returning from Orlando, I was lucky enough to run physical fitness training for three JROTC units at Nate’s old high school. It was a very interesting experience with leadership and motivating the kids to succeed. Afterwards, I finally got to go to the beach to relax, soak up the sun, and read. The following day, I had a great time paint balling. I got a ton of welts by the end of the day, but it was well worth it. Unfortunately, I had to leave early Sunday morning, so I said my good byes to the sunshine state and packed up my stuff. After a long day of traveling, I finally got back to the Academy and began to knock out the massive amounts of work I didn’t do over break.
I am sad that spring break is over, but I’m ready to get back to work. There are only seven weeks to go until the school year is over. With the end in sight, I have the motivation to do well. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I am ready for it, and I’m excited to finish up fourth class year and get out into the fleet this summer.
If you want to know more about the end of fourth class year, or the specifics about leave periods for cadets, feel free to email me at Hunter.D.Stowes@uscga.edu.
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