October 5, 2012 at the Coast Guard Academy: this marked the beginning to one of the most special weekends of the fall semester, Parents’ Weekend. This year I was involved in the planning of Parents’ Weekend, which provided me with an insight to how much effort a special event requires. It also took me back to my 4/c year as I saw cadets with their parents and remembered my family’s first visit. Though my parents did not visit this year, I had the opportunity to see so many rejuvenated cadets and excited family members. I will cherish these memories as I cherish the time spent with my family.
Parents’ Weekend also brings the beginning of preparations for midterms. The semester is nearly at the halfway point by this time and cadets are already preoccupied with thoughts of Thanksgiving and even Christmas, while of course painstakingly studying for midterm examinations. Despite the daunting promise of future exams and essays (as a true Government major can respect), these will be my favorite days at the Academy. I am always excited for the leaves to turn bright and then watch them float lazily to the ground. A New England autumn always promises color and pumpkin flavored everything. As I type, I’m sure there are cadets in Chase Hall decorating their rooms for the upcoming festivities and counting down the days to Halloween.
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