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Winter Update

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Belanger Photo Hello everyone! It has been a little while since my last blog, so here has been what has going on for me at the Academy. If you read back to my last winter experience, it was not too enjoyable. This year however, is a different story. Skiing has surprisingly become a pretty big hobby for me. Since arriving back from winter leave I have been 3 times with plans to go this next weekend. I can safely say that if a boy from Florida can learn to ski, anyone can. So far we have had 2 days off from school to enjoy snow days! It is a great day to wake up and get ahead in school, or have the day off to do whatever you want. (I will leave you to imagine what cadets rather choose.) School has been a little rough, mainly with trying to play catch up after missing classes, but just the work load. I, along with everyone else here, try to stay on top of it. I am just being patient and just waiting for spring break to get here so I can go and enjoy the beaches in Jacksonville!


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So Many Learning Experiences…

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo Connecticut really does get cold. The polar vortex of the first week back, combined with some wintry delights, has made living here unbearable at times. When the wind chill or the temperature drops to the single digits—or even the negative digits—going outside is not fun at all! We’ve only had one-half of a snow day (we closed early and opened late), but I’ve already seen more snow than I think I ever have seen before! Hopefully, it gets better…spring is coming, right?


Crew is always a learning experience, in my opinion. After taking the PFE the first week back, we launched into phase 2 of our winter training plan, gearing up to spring break and sprint season. Each piece is difficult in its own way, and nothing makes my day more than being able to help one of the guys finish his piece. There’s something indescribably cool in helping and motivating someone to cross the finish line. It makes your day; in my case, it generally puts me in a great mood for the rest of the night. Each day down at the boathouse is a learning experience, as I learn more about how to make a fast boat go faster…


The first round of papers and tests are coming up quickly: from here on out, it’ll be hell week almost every week. I’m sure it is the same story in high schools across the nation, where applicants are finishing applications (due February 1st) or playing the waiting game. Best of luck to everyone! If you ever have questions, or want to learn more about the Academy, please email me at Until next time, stay warm and do great things!


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