A lot of people have been emailing me asking what cadets do on the weekends. Besides catching up on homework, sleeping, movies at the Waterford 9, and Walmart, most of the cadets are involved with the sponsor family program. For those who have never heard of the program, families in the surrounding New London area, including active duty officers and civilians, “adopt” cadets and become our home away from home. I know I speak for the majority of the corps when I say that for us cadets that now live far away from home, we more than appreciate these families for taking us in. My current sponsor family happens to be two instructors here at the Academy. They try to help out as much as possible. Whether it be a ride to the airport for leave, spending the night to escape the walls of the Academy, or even a simple breakfast after church on Sunday they are more than happy to accommodate my needs. Currently, I am the only cadet that is assigned to the “family.” Normally, families can consist of 4 to 5 cadets providing relationships out of Chase Hall, which fourth class are more than happy to have with some of the upperclassman. With finals quickly approaching, I cannot wait to go over to their house, change into civilian clothes and try to study for the exams.
And for my summer I will be on Eagle going to the Caribbean and then sailing the Coast Guard Cutter Chase Hall for summer school. ¼ of the way done…..1,118 days…
Got a question? Email me Nathan.D.Belanger@uscga.edu!
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