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So…Who’s Excited to be Back?!

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Driscoll Photo ME!!! Kinda. Okay, not really, but you know what—in the Coast Guard, as in real life, you deal with it and move on. It’s tough love, but sometimes you need it. Anyway, the Academy is dishing out some tough love to make up for a nice long break away.


Christmas break was a great chance to slow down, read a few books, catch up with friends and family, and enjoy life. I really needed it too. Despite popular belief (aka mine), you cannot operate at 110% output for 100% of the time, and expect to have 100% operational ability. So I was rather stressed and burnt out by the end of last semester. But I used Christmas break to slow down—sleep a bit, finish some good books, and eat lots of Christmas cookies. I realize now that I need to temper my expectations; therefore I will try to be more relaxed this semester. Anyway, enough about New Year’s resolutions… I spent most of my time eating peppermint bark, talking to my sister and parents, and watching “Downton Abbey” in our cozy playroom. Then, right after Christmas, we went to Corpus Christi, Texas, to visit the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. Both were fun—I think that the dolphins at the aquarium trained the trainers, instead of the other way around. Then I went to Orlando for the FOCUS SEEK 2013 conference. There, I reignited my Catholic faith and found an intellectual basis for what I believe. I must say, it’s hard to believe around here sometimes. Anyway, lots of fun…


Now I’m back, for better or worse. And I’m missing the season premiere of “Downton Abbey!” NOOOOOO! I love that show—I highly recommend it. Anyway, tomorrow it will not be my birthday anymore, and we will be back in the swing of things here.


Email me at if you need someone to talk to about the Academy in the New Year!


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