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Last Semester Rapidly Finishing…

(Academics, Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo It’s certainly been a while since I wrote a blog post, so I will write quickly before class to update my readers on what’s happening in Chase Hall.

 

  
      
  • Billet Night (March 5th): The Class of 2015 recently found out where we are going for our first tour. It was a fun, suspenseful evening: I loved sitting in the auditorium, cheering for my classmates as they were called on stage and opened their orders, but grew more and more anxious as people opened orders to boats on my dream sheet. Finally, two of my friends and I were called on stage. I’m going to USCGC Sequoia, a 225-foot buoy tender in Guam!! I’m so excited to get my top pick and spend two years in paradise.
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  • Classes: Well, they are going. Of course, now that I know I am moving to Guam, it’s hard to focus… Senioritis really is a thing.
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  • Easter: I had a great time yesterday at my sponsor mom’s house for Easter. She threw an awesome get-together this year, and outdid herself with all the food. After surviving 40 days of Lent without eating meat, it was great to dig into ham, turkey, and a delicious broccoli casserole! I’m going to miss those parties when I’m on the other side of the world next year.
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  • Crew: It’s hard to believe that our season is almost over. It seems like yesterday that we were stepping into the boat for our first race. I’m going to miss the boyshouse, but at least we still have four or five more races! GO BEARS!

So that’s everything I can think of in the ten minutes before class. Enjoy and please take time to read the blogs of others (under-classmen) who write more frequently and have great advice and stories about this place. The firsties are mentally checked-out and eagerly looking forward to our new assignments. As always, though, if you have a question, please feel free to email me at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu. Have a great day!

 

More about Peter.

 

Spring Break 2015 - Ireland Bound

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Martorell Crespo Photo Hey everyone! So for spring break this year, I had the opportunity to go to Ireland with the chaplains from the Academy. We were a group of about 30 people, which consisted of some 1/c, 2/c, 3/c and 4/c cadets. It was a fun and exciting trip. We went to Galway, Donegal, Belfast, Dublin, and many other places.

 

Besides doing a lot of sightseeing, we also visited the Irish Coast Guard. It was an enjoyable and unique experience. We were able to learn how their coast guard is small and that it’s Irelands 4th Blue Light Service. Its objective is search and rescue and it also provides security to all those people who are in danger at sea, on the coast, or in any other place.

 

Overall, we were able to have a fun time but we also were able to learn many things about Ireland and its ancient buildings and castles. This will be an unforgettable trip. We all loved Ireland and we would all love to go again because it was a really nice place but also because of its people. Not only they were helpful but they were nice and friendly.

 

More about Irene.

 

How Far We Have Come

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Coburn Photo Well, we are four days away from April 1 and we only have 23 school days left of our fourth class year. Everyone told me in the beginning of the school year that the two semesters would go by in a flash, but I had no clue how right they were until this moment. Last night, we had our class formal and it was awesome. The theme was Las Vegas and the place looked incredible. I had a great night of dancing and having fun with my friends, but more importantly our class crest was revealed. It is a big milestone for the fourth class and it makes us realize how far we have come since we arrived on R-Day. Looking back and remembering all that we have accomplished individually and as a class is a great feeling. I also realized how close I have become with my friends here and how close our community is. My company has one more person to pass Boards and then we will be allowed to have social media back! The lacrosse season is going pretty well so far and for an inaugural team that’s not bad at all.

 

This week was also a big week because we found out our summer assignments. Right after finals end in May, I will be reporting to the Coast Guard Station in South Padre Island, Texas. I am really excited because not only is it a gorgeous area, it also will be conducting some of the missions that I am very interested in. After I leave the station in June, I will be reporting to the Eagle to spend the next six weeks sailing down to Bermuda and then up the East coast. All of my friends are on this phase as well so it is going to be a great time. Really, all I am waiting for now is for the school year to come to a close and for the Class of 2018 to be granted carry on. Let’s hope it is sooner rather than later!

 

More about Mimi.

 

The Roller Coaster Ride of a Cadet

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo Life is like a roller coaster here at the Coast Guard Academy, filled with many ups, downs, lulls, and just when you think that the ride is about to end, you quickly get twisted into another direction. Lately, I have felt that my workload has taken me into a million different directions, forcing me to try to become more efficient so that I can effectively manage my academics, sports, military life and social life, all while trying to get enough sleep. I can’t lie and say that I haven’t been struggling to find a balance lately, but I think that I’m finally starting to catch up with everything.

 

Spring break was a definite help to everyone’s sanity here. The weeks before spring break are nicknamed “The Dark Ages.” This is because it is dark most of the time we’re awake, people are being overloaded with academic work, and on top of all of that, it’s the heart of winter. Not to mention, we have had an exceptionally long winter this year so I think everyone was ready to head out on spring break and escape into a warm, sun-filled abyss for a week. I was lucky enough to travel to Miami, Florida with two of my friends from school and we even took a little mini-cruise to the island of Bimini, Bahamas for three days. I definitely got a lot tanner during our break and was ready to hit the ground running when we came back to school.

 

Unfortunately for everyone at the Academy, spring break did not start out on the highest note. We were notified that two of our shipmates from the Republic of Georgia were involved in a car accident and taken from us in the beginning of our allotted leave. It was sad for everyone to hear of the passing of two amazing men, but we all knew we had to come together to get through the tragedy. Little by little, cadets started changing their profile pictures to Georgian flags on Facebook and soon enough I would say about half of all of my Facebook friends had Georgian flags as their profile pictures. It was amazing to see how quickly everyone came together for these two gentlemen. We all had the opportunity to participate in a remembrance ceremony for the two fallen cadets on the Wednesday after we came back to school and I must say it was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever been to. After the ceremony, I realized how proud I am to say that I go to the Coast Guard Academy and that I am a member of the long blue line, the United States Coast Guard. It is truly amazing how special our small service is.

 

Not to end on a somber note, but if you end up attending the United States Coast Guard Academy, you will soon realize how close-knit everyone is. It may drive you nuts at times because you live in the same building as 900 other people and the same 900 other people are the people you play sports with, eat with, learn with, grow with, and pretty much do EVERYTHING with. However, these are the people who will have your back through everything and be there for you during both tough and happy times. I will forever cherish everyone I have met at the Coast Guard Academy and in the operational Coast Guard because they are all extremely special to me.

 

More about Samantha.

 

Academics and the Music Program at the Academy

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Daniels Photo Well, spring break is upon us yet again and it seems almost unbelievable that we are almost halfway done with our cadet careers. It feels like we just got done with our first week of classes 4/c year. This semester is the first chance I’ve had to focus almost entirely on engineering courses and it has been the most interesting time of my life. Even though some would dread learning the ins and outs of fracture formation and propagation, I’ve enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

 

On top of the academic load, I’ve been able to get more involved with the music program at the Academy. The Brass Quintet is preparing to play at some of the community dances in Leamy. This opportunity is something that I am very excited about and is going to hopefully get the group out there more. Possibly more exciting is an upcoming gig for the Jazz band. We are playing at a Coast Guard Auxiliary awards ceremony with performer Natalie Toro and it is yet another truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we’ve been given.

 

One of the proudest moments of my career so far was at the Military School Band Festival. I attended the drum major clinic, while three other cadets attended the band portion of the festival. Each of the other cadets placed highest in their section (Casey Dieter-Leeds on trumpet, Hope McGeady on horn, and Olivia Calabro on oboe). Hope was selected as the most outstanding instrumentalist and the Coast Guard Academy placed as the college with the highest average audition score. I was truly honored and humbled to be with such outstanding musicians.

 

More about Drew.