An Experience Worth More Than Words

By Petty Officer 1st Class Grant Domingo, NSCC
Yorktown Division, Goose Creek, S.C.
Bermuda International Exchange

From the moment I met Petty Officer 2nd Class Connor Rooney and Lt. j.g. Stephen Stewart in the Atlanta airport to begin the last leg of the journey to Bermuda, I knew this would be an experience like no other.  I also knew this would be less of a “training” and more an experience of overwhelming proportions. In those 10 days in July, I met some of the most amazing people, and gained some of the best experiences to date. From the walking tours of St. George’s to jet-skiing around the entire island, Bermuda is easily the best international exchange to participate in. Cliff jumping at Tobacco Bay, and exploring the crystal caves are just two unforgettable memories from the beautiful island of Bermy.

Being in the presence of the Governor and the Premier of Bermuda as they hosted us so graciously, was simply an amazing and humbling experience. This exchange is more than just a training, it is a chance to learn about culutural diversity as well as an opportunity to listen, learn, engage, and reflect.

Selection for the International Exchange Program is an honor, giving those selected an opportunity to represent the American Sea Cadet Corps in the highest fashion possible. Most of all, I learned about the different cultures of the cadets from Bermuda and the other countries in attendance; and though we may be many miles apart, we all care about our world and our futures and hold similar deep convictions for our respective countries. The experience and the pictures are worth far more than a thousand words, and I encourage every cadet in our corps to be the best cadet possible, to put your best foot forward, and to believe in yourself. My wish is for everyone to earn a chance to live the same experience as me.