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Things Are Changing With the Season

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Carani Photo I love the fall. The cool brisk mornings, the crisp fresh air, pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING and hot apple cider. Going apple picking wearing warm flannels and puffy vests, and going hiking and camping while hanging around a campfire. It doesn’t get much better than that! But perhaps the real reason why I love the fall so much is that it signals a change. Not just in the weather, but in the course of things at the Academy. Drill has recently come to an end, the fall rowing season has drawn to a close, and many other things are changing with the season. And this year, I especially sense this change because I am no longer an underclass. My role as a cadet has changed, and I am no longer a follower, but a leader. The 2/c summer of leadership development and the first half of this semester have flown by, and now, reflecting upon them, I see how much I myself have changed. Plainly put, “it’s just cool” to see how the system of the Academy works. Reflecting upon this change reminds me of something I once read:


“Do not, I implore you, start asking yourselves, ‘Have I reached that moment?’ Do not sit down and start watching your mind to see if it is coming along. That puts a man quite on the wrong track. When the most important things in our life happen we quite often do not know, at the moment, what is going on. A man does not always say to himself, ‘Hullo! I’m growing up.’ It is often only when he looks back that he [realizes] what has happened and [recognizes] it as what people call ‘growing up.’ . . . And what matters is the nature of the change in itself, not how we feel while is happening. “ (C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity)


That pretty much sums up how I feel. I did not, throughout the course of the summer “watch” myself grow up, it simply happened. And that’s what’s so amazing! I ordered my class ring, I’m beginning to do some car shopping for next year, and I’m planning out my life after the Academy, a time which, quite often feels as if it is never going to arrive. But it is coming! I have grown up, I have changed, and I am continuing to learn and change and grow into the leader and officer that the Academy set out to create in me.


And that is why I love the fall.



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Columbus Day Weekend in NYC

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Sandri Photo This past Columbus Day weekend, two friends and I decided to spend a day in New York City. It was an impromptu trip; we booked our tickets the night before, packed up our civvies, and headed into the Big Apple “Ferris Bueller-style”, with one bag between us and a day full of potential. We walked around Times Square, attended mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, had dinner at Chipotle (I mean, what else do you go to New York for?) and ended up at Central Park. It was a great mini vacation!


We were all aware of the conspicuousness of military members in public areas, and the resulting importance of putting our best foot forward. Around the New London area, people are fairly used to seeing uniformed cadets roving downtown or at the local mall, but in New York, we stuck out like a sore thumb. On the short walk from the train station to our hotel room, we were stopped by several people who were curious as to what service we belonged to, or who just wanted to offer a smile. Everyone was extremely supportive, and it was exciting to talk to them about the mission of the Coast Guard, or even just explain how the government shutdown has affected Academy life. We got thanked for our service a lot, which was especially humbling because as a 4/c cadet, I haven’t had a chance to serve in the fleet yet.


Back at the Academy, the academic year is definitely in full swing. As midterms approach, my classes are ramping up and there have been a good number of (almost) sleepless nights, but what they say is true: the days are long, but the weeks fly by. Looking back, I can hardly believe we’re already at the end of the first quarter.


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More about Eva.


October Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Fordham Photo Holy cow, how did I make it to the end of this month? Midterms demanded more time than I had – imagine being given 36 hours of work to do in 24 (don’t forget to factor in sleep!) I’ve been working on my time management more and it’s helping significantly. But my work is constantly ahead of me, keeping up is tough enough; I can’t even grasp the concept of getting ahead.


My midterm grades showed that I am not a complete failure, but there is definitely room for improvement. My 2.8 GPA was no shocker, however strange due to the fact that I was a 3.9 student in high school. (My mom got mad at me. “Sorry for taking 19 credits, Mom.”) What can I say? It’s not high school…


Update on the foot: No more crutches, boot, cast, anything! It’s great being back in uniform this month! ODUs and Trops and everything are exciting! (At least right now.) Even the blisters are better than crutches. We’ll take it!


One thing I miss a whole lot that I didn’t expect to miss are my pets! My dog specifically. I am participating in a community service event this weekend that will give me a chance to play with dogs from an adoption center. Who would pass up snuggling 120 dogs? Not this kid. Moral of this story: If you plan on coming here, love your pets because you will just want to die when you are deprived from puppy kisses for several months. One tip, don’t buy a depressing dog book to read in your spare time because that’s what I did and I was just a mess.


This is really random and unorganized.


It’s strange being out of the loop, it’s kind of like the Academy becomes its own little world and you don’t hear about what happens outside of the gate. So, news comes and goes but it doesn’t seem like we’re ever really affected by things, apart from the government shutdown of course.


There was just so much that happened this month I can’t even put it all into words. I’m just chugging along!


Go Bears!


More about Savanna.