I am from Los Angeles, California, and I knew nothing about Connecticut before coming to the United States Coast Guard Academy. Still, here I am in my second year of USCGA, writing about all the lovely things Connecticut offers.
First off, Connecticut has snow, which might be a foreign word for some of you, like me. Snow is this fluffy cold substance formed when water reaches its freezing point. Neat, right! With this opportunity Ski and Snowboarding Club go on overnight trips when the cold months settle in. These trips have allowed me to see more of the beautiful state of Connecticut and it is an excellent opportunity to gain experience on how to ski and snowboard.
Additionally, Connecticut has some great camping and backpacking opportunities. I am an avid backpacker and being at the Coast Guard Academy has allowed me to connect with other people who also enjoy camping. If you want to spend a night in the woods, the New England trail, and Pachaug State Forest are beautiful places to explore. I love going out towards the end of the fall season when the leaf foliage is at its peak. Connecticut is one of the most incredible places to be when all the leaves change color.
One of the most essential things about Connecticut is how close the beaches are to the Academy. If you are anything like me, beaches are a lifesaver. They are the perfect place to go if you want to relax, take a book to read, maybe some art supplies, and layout in the sun. Do not worry; Connecticut has the beaches for all your needs. I am a part of the Surf Team and Surf Club, and we compete against other academies, such as the Navy. The Coast Guard Academy has, by far, the closest access to waves. Watch hill, Fenway, and Narragansett are great beaches 30 to 40 minutes from the Academy.
Connecticut may seem small, but it has a lot to offer. If you decide to go to the Coast Guard Academy, take some time to get outdoors. Discover the beautiful mysteries of snow, catch some waves, and see some leaves.
Thank you for reading and GO BEARS!