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Chang Photo There are screams coming from outside my door… But it’s for a good cause! After all, the academic day is being delayed from all the snow we’re getting. February came and went like the power nap I never have time to take. I guess the top three highlights of this month was 101st night, Presidents’ Day weekend and Boards.


101st night is a fun time; it’s a flashback into Swab Summer, complete with an equal amount of sweat, adrenaline and push-ups. As a company, we run around Chase Hall with our 2/c, being tested on Coast Guard knowledge that we’ll need to know for Boards. As some may have mentioned before, Boards is a 10-question indoctrination exam that entails everything we’ve learned since Swab Summer. This includes everything from the Academy mission to military rates and ranks. I spent the entire Saturday before the test with a couple of friends, with the Boards packet in front of our faces and the oncoming end of 4/c year in the backs of our minds.


Although we had no snow days this month, Presidents’ Day weekend was a small ray of light in this time they call “the dark ages.” That’s right, during the first two months of the year, New London becomes engulfed in a dark, wintry shadow as Jack Frost cackles maniacally at the cadets marching in below-freezing winds. (Fun Fact: The Academy was supposed to be in Florida).


Luckily, I’ll be spending this spring break in Orlando; with two awesome people I’m extremely lucky to call my friends. Not only will it be a chance to get away from the Academy, but a great escape from New England in general. The winter is nice despite the ice, but I’ll take the sun’s rays any day.


I’ll be sure to post about it provided that I don’t choose to stay there forever.


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