This past Columbus Day weekend, two friends and I decided to spend a day in New York City. It was an impromptu trip; we booked our tickets the night before, packed up our civvies, and headed into the Big Apple “Ferris Bueller-style”, with one bag between us and a day full of potential. We walked around Times Square, attended mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, had dinner at Chipotle (I mean, what else do you go to New York for?) and ended up at Central Park. It was a great mini vacation!
We were all aware of the conspicuousness of military members in public areas, and the resulting importance of putting our best foot forward. Around the New London area, people are fairly used to seeing uniformed cadets roving downtown or at the local mall, but in New York, we stuck out like a sore thumb. On the short walk from the train station to our hotel room, we were stopped by several people who were curious as to what service we belonged to, or who just wanted to offer a smile. Everyone was extremely supportive, and it was exciting to talk to them about the mission of the Coast Guard, or even just explain how the government shutdown has affected Academy life. We got thanked for our service a lot, which was especially humbling because as a 4/c cadet, I haven’t had a chance to serve in the fleet yet.
Back at the Academy, the academic year is definitely in full swing. As midterms approach, my classes are ramping up and there have been a good number of (almost) sleepless nights, but what they say is true: the days are long, but the weeks fly by. Looking back, I can hardly believe we’re already at the end of the first quarter.
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