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Staying Focused During ROM

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link   All Posts
Jack Brunswick

When returning to the Academy during COVID times, we spend at least two weeks in a bubble and minimize contact with other cadets, faculty, and staff. So, what do we do to keep ourselves engaged and sane? Everyone is different, but here are some of the things I have been up to that make the time fly by!

Learning Spanish: I’ve made the commitment to learn Spanish this year in my free time. One of my life goals is to travel the world, and Spanish is one of the languages that makes the most sense to learn. It gives me access to communicate with the locals of about thirty other countries, giving me a better insight to their cultures. I use Duolingo and practice speaking whenever I can with friends who know Spanish already. It is ambitious, but my goal is to be decently fluent in Spanish by the end of the year.

Working out: It is cold in New London, but Roland and Billard are open to get some work in. With the basketball season in the air due to COVID, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got to live the SPAR life (Semper Paratus, Always Ready), so I’ve been going to lift weights and shoot hoops in my off periods. Having our full NEWMAC season taken away and only hopes for a few games to finish out in the spring, it has taught me to be grateful to be healthy and able to play basketball. I go to practices with a new gratitude, focus, and maturity.

Netflix: TV is a vice of mine, and I try not to spend too much time passively scrolling on social media or watching TV. However, I have been grinding through several great series, including Cobra Kai, Down to Earth, and Narcos. I’ve also grinded my way through lots of movies. When stuck inside all day, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

Preparing for Summer: Our applications for summer assignments are due soon. I have friends who already know they are going to Hawaii for academic internships, and others are staying in New London to run Swab Summer as Battalion Staff. Find out what I’m applying for in my next blog post!

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