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Up North & Tim Horton’s

(Just for Fun, Class of 2025) Permanent link
Mack Bucki

After a hard semester, it was time for a break. I changed into my only pair of civies and left USCGA for the Hartford Airport. I spent nine hours in between layovers- not how I wanted to begin my winter leave. But, as the plane dipped under the clouds and revealed the glowing streets of Detroit, all the stress that came with 4/c fall semester disappeared. For only the second time since SWAB Summer, I got to see my parents and head back home. There, I was greeted by a rowdy black furball- otherwise known as my poodle, Oskey. And got to climb under the covers of my bed that (finally) weren’t dark blue. I built some signs in the comfort of our pole barn, rode my bike down the pothole filled back roads, ordered a hot chocolate from Tim Horton’s (Dunkin’s cooler cousin), watched the Red Wings play on the ice, ran a half marathon in northeast Ohio, and reconnected with friends, family, and former teachers. One of my favorite adventures was heading up north to our cabins in the Upper Peninsula. Although we nearly drove down an ORV trail on the way there, the northern snow and seclusion was breathtaking. However, I was most thankful for the opportunity to spend the holidays with my family. They gave me all the confidence and motivation I needed to keep on pushing myself to succeed. And trudge through calculus. My departure from DTW was tough and it wasn’t just because I had to wake up at 3AM to catch the flight. After a hug and a kiss goodbye, I was once again on my own. A difficult pill to swallow, especially after spending over half a month with those I missed the most. Yet, my mood brightened once I got to Baltimore for a layover. I started a mental countdown to spring break and got my priorities straight- my next challenge was waiting for me in Connecticut. And I was ready to conquer it.

Even if it means leaving everything behind once again.

Because every great start must begin with a bitter end.


Resilience Over Perfection

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2025) Permanent link
Mia Martinelli

As we are getting into the final weeks of classes and exams, it is nice to reflect on my Thanksgiving break. That was the first time I have been able to go home since S-day! It is crazy to think that I have been here for 6 months. I went home to a full house of my parents, my four older sisters, and their super cute pets. We played board games, went to yoga classes, walked on the bridge, watched movies, and baked and decorated cookies. It was so relaxing and rejuvenating. We laughed till our faces hurt. My oldest sister bought everyone matching Christmas pajamas that I am looking forward to wearing again soon. With all this great stuff over break, it feels difficult to be back at the Academy. But I definitely feel a newfound appreciation for traveling, oddly. I used to find it stressful to travel alone but last week I was nothing but relaxed and happy… even on my way back. I think that is coming from a place of confidence and independence that I have gained from being here the last half of a year.

Overall, I am happy with how my grades are turning out as I prepare for exams. Yes, the added challenge of the Academy makes classes harder than high school (in my experience), but I also feel even prouder of my work here. Initially it was difficult for me to not be disappointed in the grades that I was getting compared to my high school grades, but I realized that I am truly doing the best that I can. I have found it is much better for my mental health to measure my effort over the result. I think that this encourages me to work on resilience instead of perfection. See you in the new year!