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cadet blogs

Hockey and Rugby and Snow. Oh my.

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo I cannot believe how fast this semester has already gone by! It feels like just yesterday I began third class year, but here I am and it’s already almost Halloween and midterms have already passed.


It has been a good, yet crazy, month. I’ve had hockey and rugby along with school to keep me way too busy. I have hockey practice most mornings from 0500 (which means a 0400 wake up!) until 0600, breakfast, classes, and then rugby after school. Surprisingly though, being so busy has been beneficial, and at midterms I received the highest GPA of my time here yet. I think having so many things going on has kept me focused and motivated.


Although my hockey season is just beginning, the regular season of rugby is about to end. However, we are undefeated and because of this we are going to playoffs as the number one team in our conference! This means that our rugby season could extend into December, thus the rest of the semester. My team is all hoping for the chance to go to nationals, which is in Florida this year.


Amidst all the chaos, I’ve still found some time to devote to myself and my friends. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time this month with my sponsor family, who I am really close to. We went to Providence a couple weekends ago to see this awesome Jack-O-Lantern display at the zoo. I’ve also taken on a new church, in Norwich with one of my best friends. She knew the pastor and his wife prior to becoming a cadet. They are a young couple from South Africa and on Sundays we normally spend time and have lunch with them after church. It’s a good time! Plus it helps that the pastor is a diehard rugby fan!


As October comes to a close I am looking forward to more winter-like weather (the first snow!) and to go home on Thanksgiving leave at the end of the month.


More about Jade.


Extracurricular Activities

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo This weekend, I traveled to Washington D.C. with the Model United Nations Team for the National Model United Nations conference. It was a unique experience—working with students from around the world to come up with solutions to real world global problems. It was also the time I was out of uniform and in the public in civilian clothing, so it was a strange feeling. However, we did wear our uniforms on the first and last day of the conferences, and many people came up to us and either asked questions or gave their thanks. The first building we walked into, a Commander spotted us and struck up a conversation, and we knew someone in common over the Academy. The Coast Guard truly is a tight knit service.


We took a tour of the U.S. Capitol before the conference and were prompted to see the actual U.S. Senate and House Chambers—something a lot of people don’t have the chance to see. 4/c John Roddy, another 4/c blogger, was also there, so you should check out his blog: he’s really into Model UN.


Last weekend, I went out to see the comedian Jim Gaffigan at the University of Rhode Island. It’s good to get out once in a while and get some laughs in, especially during a stressful time like midterms. No matter how busy you are, it’s important to set aside some time to decompress.


Midterms were stressful and are finally over with, and I did pretty well, although there’s always room for improvement. There’s a lot to do before Thanksgiving, and I keep telling myself that it will be here soon. Everyone in Golf Company is looking forward to the Veteran’s Day Long Weekend, and I hope to go to Boston. In the meantime, Happy Halloween!


More about William.


Feels Like Home

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo I have been at the Air Force Academy for almost three months. I am now past the point of adapting and adjusting to the unfamiliarity involved in being an exchange cadet. Everything around me is starting to feel like home. I have accepted Colorado and the Air Force Academy and they have accepted me. I love seeing the mountains every morning, knowing that the mountains lie to the West. I love my room even with the suspicious old carpeting. Even noon meal formations are bearable because every time my roommate and I go to the formations we are laughing. Marching is more fun with my marching buddy and same goes with walking to and from classes with people in my squad or people in my classes. It is even comforting to be in my room by myself and hear a voice in the hallway and automatically know who the voice belongs to. It is such a blessing to have been able to come to the Air Force Academy for a semester and I know when the day comes for me to say goodbye, it will be very bittersweet. It will also be very hard to adjust back to the CGA when I get back to New London in January. I have definitely become accustomed to the terminologies here and I always have to correct myself when I am talking to family or friends back at the CGA. It is interesting to see how people are like sponges and we mold ourselves to our surroundings once we are at a location for a period of time.


Looking forward to the rest of the semester, I am excited that I will be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family and be able to show them my new home. I cannot wait for my sister and my mom to come out for the beginning of my Thanksgiving break and then I get to see two of my friends from the CGA for the rest of the week! I am looking forward to getting back in touch with the life I left when I came to Colorado Springs and hope when I see them, I will be able to slowly readjust and come to the realization that I will have to go back to CGA soon. It is definitely a lot stricter at the Coast Guard Academy, so coming to the Air Force Academy is a relief and very much like a vacation.


Now that is enough talk about the far future; more about the near future. I will be jumping out of an airplane tomorrow! It will be my very first time ever skydiving and parachuting. The scarier part is that I will be doing everything solo. We have had a bunch of training leading up to this day and, now, tonight we attend the “Last Supper,” a tradition in the airmanship program. It is a joke that the students will not survive their first jump so they might as well end with their best meal the night before. After this Last Supper, all that is left is strapping in and going up in the air. Wish me good luck!



More about Ellie.


Fourth Class Roddy Goes to Washington

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Roddy Photo This month has been a tough month for everyone. Midterms, CER’s (military performance evaluations), cadet drama and the unrelenting flood of homework have kept everyone from 4/c to 1/c busy. But as 4/c, we’re also responsible for running trash orderlies, doing twice-daily clocks, taking indoc (military knowledge) tests, and squaring our food and corners on top of everything else, so it’s not surprising Chase Hall can become a little stressful.


Fortunately, this month I was given my first real opportunity to travel away from Academy outside of liberty when I went to Washington D.C. to compete in a Model United Nations conference with three other cadets, including fellow 4/c and blogger Will Glick. The trip proved to be a fantastic time. We attended the opening and closing days in uniform, and the amount of support and thanks we received from people recognizing the Coast Guard was truly humbling. It’s also a reminder that we must always be aware of our actions, and that we are direct representatives of the Academy and of the entire Coast Guard. And while we met many people who understood and appreciated the Coast Guard and its missions, we also met many who did not, and so it fell upon us to explain what we were as cadets, and what the larger role of the Coast Guard is. My favorite quote came from someone in the elevator who asked us “So are you like a branch of the Air Force?”


At the end of the trip, we did not manage to win anything, but to bond with the other cadets was a terrific experience, and Will Glick and I went from being acquaintances to close friends over the course of the weekend. To represent the Coast Guard gave me a sense of pride and served as a reminder of why I chose the Academy; to get to debate and do something I genuinely enjoy gave me an opportunity to clear my head and de-stress; and, finally, making new friends that will carry over when I get back to the Academy made this a fantastic and incredibly worthwhile weekend.


More about John.