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Always on Your Toes

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Auzenbergs Photo I have caught myself calling Chase Hall “home” more and more often now. It worried me at first, until I realized that it just means that I’m actually getting into the hang of things here, and this doesn’t just feel like some extended AIM week anymore! It’s been hard for me to realize that this is my life for the next four years. Monday and Friday morning drill practice, early morning military trainings before class, the long school days, and busy nights of homework just seem like a test that I have to pass to get back home. (In this case, home being my high school in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts). But that is not the case! This is home now, and it’s becoming more evident every week. I find myself stressing with my roommate about things that I know my friends at UMASS will never encounter, like if we buffed our floor enough, if our beds are wrinkled when we wake up in the morning, or if our blinds are secured before we leave the room. Then we laugh hysterically when we’re walking down the ladder wells in Chase and we see another 4/c do a spin move in the corner instead of squaring, risking demerits just for the fun of it, or when we see someone wait an extra 30 seconds in their doorway before exiting for an upper class to walk by, just to avoid having to greet them in the hallway. Now if I came back from a soccer game at a civilian college, I wouldn’t have to think twice about the transition from laughing and joking with the team outside the dorm, to opening the door, squaring the corner, and locking my eyes in the boat. The little things that make the Academy unique and fun are starting to become more evident and unite us even more.

 

However, life can’t get too comfortable here at the Academy! Teachers start planning for midterms which are quickly approaching, Cadet Evaluation Reports (CERs) are due, the first military testing period opens up, and to add onto it all, I tore my ACL and meniscus during a soccer game. Now there is another stressor to deal with that seems like it will be much harder to get used to. Luckily, the support here is better than anywhere else I can imagine. My roommate has been more than helpful, my shipmates are even more supportive than they already were, and my teachers are very understanding about arriving a few minutes late to class due to the painstakingly slow speed of crutching, or with making up missed work because of doctor’s appointments, surgery and PT visits. (But sadly it doesn’t make it easier to get from Satterlee to Smith in a reasonable time!) So, now this month and a few weeks beyond will be spent trying to adjust to another challenge that I will hopefully adapt to just as quickly as the others – the Academy on crutches.

 

More about Gabrielle.

 

Big Decisions

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Wright Photo Hi everyone.

 

I know that the Class of 2019 application is open, so there are probably a lot you wondering whether or not you want to attend the Academy. My first piece of advice in making that decision is to visit. There are ton of different ways to do this: Cadet for a Day, Open Houses, Genesis Council, etc…

 

When I came for an Open House I was interested in the Academy. As we drove away I literally asked my parents to leave me here (they refused). This may sound crazy but it could happen to you. The visit gave me a taste of the amazing camaraderie, activities, and academics that go on here. My second piece of advice is visiting. Visiting can really make or break the deal. My third piece of advice is to visit. I’m sure someone has told you this before but it really is worth it. This place isn’t for everyone and you want to come for the right reasons. My fourth piece of advice is to write down all of the reasons you want to come and then write down all of the things you are unsure of or worried about. Then talk the lists over with someone you trust and respect. If you are still unsure about certain aspects of life here feel free to email me or any other blogger. We will try to answer your questions as best we can.

 

I will leave you with a few of the reasons I love this place. The biggest one is the opportunity to serve a higher calling than myself. The people are amazing; you will come out of Swab Summer with thirty new brothers and sisters. I love the challenge of this place and opportunities it brings. The academics are tough but you learn a lot more than you realize. There are tons of great clubs and activities. I’m getting paid to go to college. I don’t have to worry about finances or insurance. And at the end of four short years I will be an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard with a guaranteed job.

 

More about Erin.

 

Time Moves Faster Now

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Williamson Photo Hi everybody! I’ll start off by saying that my email is Cody.L.Williamson@uscga.edu, and anyone can contact me if you have questions.

 

So the month of September as has come and gone and I’ve been in school for the same amount of time as Swab Summer. Comparing the two, time moves much faster now. The days themselves feel long, but all of a sudden it’s Friday and you ask yourself were the week went. My classes are going well; I have pretty much found my groove. Homework is the biggest issue when it comes to time and stress. The classes themselves are not bad, but at the end of the day when all I want to do is sleep is when this place feels harder than your average college. Having all my classmates around and seeing them going through the same struggles helps me stay motivated. An old retired Coast Guard veteran once said something that stuck with me through the admission process, Swab Summer, and now: If the guy next to your is doing it, and thousands of guys before you did it, then you sure can do it; you are strong enough to finish, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

 

Right now I am in the middle of the sailing season. I have never sailed before, and the first time I set foot on a sail boat was Swab Summer. However, in a few short months I have pretty much learned all the basics to sailing a boat. My position in the past few races has been skipper, which means I steer and make a lot of the tactical decisions. It is pretty cool to think that am now able take out a sail boat and feel comfortable sailing when I didn’t even know one thing about sailing three months ago; its things like that that make the Academy such an amazing place. Here, you are open to so many new things, and so many talented people. This combination gives you to opportunity to learn a whole array of new skills, as long as you are willing to put in the work.

 

Currently, as the winter sports season approaches, I am still unsure if I should do winter track or just take the winter off and do Ski Club and try out some other clubs. I want to do well in track in the outdoor season, but doing three seasons of sports on top of all the military and academic obligations might get hard to manage. I still have to figure that one out…oh well. That’s all for now, stay happy and motivated!

 

More about Cody.

 

Study Groups and Spinning Some Cotton Candy

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Richter Photo September marked the Class of 2018’s first full academic month here at the Academy, and for me it absolutely flew by. As I’ve heard said, the days here are never-ending (and yet still not long enough) but the weeks are short. Academically, it’s safe to say that I’ve never seen so much homework. But one thing that’s great about being a 4/c is that, for the most part, all of your shipmates are taking the exact same courses as you – meaning that it’s never difficult to find a study group. And with such a diverse mixture of cadets, there’s a wealth of knowledge to be attained. Some 4/c, like me, are fresh out of high school while others are prior enlisted or even have college degrees. That being said, there’s always someone who knows more than you do on any given subject, which is a blessing. Within the company, select upperclassmen have signed on as tutors for various major-specific courses, while others are just enthusiastic and always willing to help.

 

Aside from academics, each week seems to bring a new list of duties to perform at various levels within the Corps of Cadets. Sometimes adventurous, other times not so much, but always present. (Like anything else here, it’s your shipmates who can make the difference.) As a member of Morale Division, I’m gifted with the arduous task of collaborating with my fellow division members to create and maintain high spirits within Golf Company. Whether that’s spinning cotton candy for an hour, planning a full week of Halloween events, or auctioning off pies to smash your cadre with (a major fundraising success), it’s always an amusing and rewarding task. Best of all, the ideas and projects are ever-changing.

 

Needless to say, every day here so far has been an adventure. One of my concerns was that after setting the Academy as my goal for so long, it couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations. In contrast, it has far exceeded them. The caliber and quality of the cadets here as well as the long, ever-growing list of opportunities simply can’t be beaten. I doubt that any other university could have provided me with this level of attachment so quickly, both to the place and the people. And I know that no other university could have provided me with all the opportunities I’ll get to experience over the course of the next four years and for the rest of my life – from the fine art of cotton candy crafting to all the aspects of sailing, leading, and learning.

 

More about Dakota.

 

Why the Coast Guard?

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
 Martorell Crespo Photo First of all, coming to the Coast Guard was and is a blessing. It is an opportunity that not everybody gets. Coming to another country and knowing that English is not your first language is tough, a challenge, but not impossible.

 

When I was in 10th grade, I watched the military channel with my brother and started to love the military. But to sum it all up, my brother was my inspiration and motivation to join this service. He was the one who told me about the Coast Guard, even though he wanted me to join the army. I told him what I wanted, my dreams, and my goals. Based on that, he told me about the Coast Guard and I was able to apply. It was a challenge for me because I had to take lots of exams before coming here and waited two months to get an answer, but in the end I was that fortunate one who won the scholarship to come here and study for four years, out of 12 or more applicants from different countries.

 

I am now a cadet in the United States Coast Guard Academy, representing my country Honduras. I want to become an officer and after graduating, return to my country and put into practice everything I learn here and apply it there.

 

I just love what the Coast Guard does and offers to us cadets and humanity as a whole because it is a lifesaving service, protecting all natural resources, maritime traffic and commerce and last but not least it is part of the national defense. I will not only help my country but try to help Honduras become a better place.

 

More about Irene.

 

It’s All About the Morale

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Kimura Photo The year has finally gotten underway. School has been in session for about a month but through the new hectic daily routine, the weeks are flying by. Thankfully, our upperclassmen and clubs have helped make the transition from the physical strain of Swab Summer to the fast-paced academic rigor of the school year easier. Although academic and military life can be stressful at times, there are so many outlets available for me. I really appreciate groups like Asian Pacific Awareness Council (APAC), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Society of Women Engineers, Morale Division and the Judo Club because they give me an escape from daily life.

 

Activities like these highlight my week or day; from the lunch excusals, to division dinners or practices, it’s time away from the chaotic life in Chase Hall. I especially enjoy my judo practices because I forget everything academic and military when I step onto the mat, and I interact with my upperclassmen as teammates. Besides judo practices, my favorite group here that directly helps fourth class is Morale Division, which is the “pick-me-up” of Chase Hall. Since school started, Morale Division has gotten Golf Company doughnuts every Monday to motivate the company through the week. In addition to Mondays, every Wednesday, hump day, Morale Division plans something special for us. In the past weeks, they have treated us to cotton candy, chicken wings, snow cones, smoothies, pie contests, and carry-on. I am always looking forward to what they have planned next. In order to enjoy the school year, instead of surviving through it, it’s essential to appreciate the little things and be proactive in the clubs and activities offered here.

 

More about Amy.

 

The Challenge

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
 Heimerman Photo One of the things I am beginning to notice with the Academy is that it always challenges you. Swab Summer challenges you to push yourself even when you want to quit on the last lap. It challenges you the stay emotionally strong in the face of failure. Swab Summer challenges you to never give up and to persevere.

 

One of the biggest shocks was switching from Swab Summer mode to the school year mode. All of a sudden, you were responsible for yourself instead of a cadre watching over your back. With the new atmosphere came a whole new set of challenges. The hardest of these challenges did not seem hard at first but disregarding its importance could wind up getting you into trouble, and that is time management. I’ll say it again; time management is one of the most important skills needed here at the Academy. The challenge is figuring out a schedule that works for you and also gets things accomplished. There are going to be distractions and opportunities too good to pass up but sometimes you will just have to say no.

 

The best advice I can give you is to work hard and stick to your plan but don’t forget to have fun!

 

More about Tess.

 

How I Could Contribute as a Cadet Blogger

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
 Haerr Photo Fourth class year is a handful, but senior year was just as stressful if not more when deciding my “fate” for the next four years. On top of that, choosing to attend CGA is also choosing a career commitment, which adds a whole new level of concern. I believe I would contribute as a cadet blogger by relating to the normalcy of prospective cadets and their anxious feelings.

 

Not only am I relatable, but I also am passionate about the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard, and I enjoy sharing that enthusiasm with those that are looking to serve in our great maritime service. Even if prospective cadets find that this is not the career path in which they are called to serve, I hope that by sharing our story as cadets here at the Academy that they will develop a high sense of respect for all military services.

 

I also have a unique background in that I spent a year at Texas A&M University, so I can expand on my experiences here at a service academy in comparison to my experiences at a civilian college.

 

More about Kathryn.

 

Football Versus Kings Point

(Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
 Fruhwirth  Photo Since I was little, my favorite sport to watch (and even play) has always been football. After attending my first football game here I was slightly disappointed, as the Bears suffered a gruesome loss against St. Lawrence. Needless to say, when the next Saturday rolled around I was a bit worried; we were playing Kings Point, our mortal enemies, and winning this game was vital. For a week I had greeted every upper-class with a hardy “Go Bears, Sir,” which was always returned with a “Beat KP!” The Thursday before the game, a pep rally was held in the gym. The lights were off, music pumping through the floor and up the bleachers, and blurs of orange and blue glow sticks seemingly floating through the air. As a corps, we cheered on our teams playing against Kings Point that weekend. The dance team along with the cheerleaders did routines and morale was high.

 

Saturday morning was off to a great start, our men’s soccer team winning 1-0 against Kings Point. The corps filled in the football stadium, tensions were high between the Bears and the Mariners. The sun was hidden behind layers of clouds, humidity tangling around us but no one complained. The first half was a bit rocky, the Bears were playing well but we were down going into the second half. In the third quarter we were able to tie up the score, with the hopes of winning for the first time in four years. As the fourth quarter started, the skies opened up and blanketed us all with rain. As the petrified Kings Point cadets scurried to get their jackets, we Bears embraced the rain. Even the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Zukunft, ran through the rain with us—cheering our football team on and waving the Coast Guard flag proudly as he ran across the sidelines. We screamed until all the air had left our lungs, begging our team to bring it home. And as the clock ran out, the rain fell down, the Bears score yet again—giving a final score of 42-31. The 4/c section went wild; we fled onto the sidelines and side by side did our 42 push-ups. Soaking wet and covered in turf from the field, we jumped and hugged each other in celebration of defeating Kings Point! This is one of my favorite memories at the Academy so far, because as a corps we cheered each other on and built each other up. Morale was at an all-time high and we were all proud to be a United States Coast Guard cadet!

 

More about Ainsley.

 

To Sing or Not to Sing

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo I have always loved to sing. Not necessarily in public, but in the shower, in my room, humming to myself in school, etc. All my life I have loved to sing, but I have never pushed myself out of my comfort zone to join a choir or singing group. This year I decided was a year of firsts. I decided to try out for Glee Club. I thought I would not make it since I did not have any professional background in singing, but luckily my style was something the Glee Club was looking for, and I was blessed enough to make the club, as well as the girls’ group, Fairwinds.

 

Although this is only my second month in the club, the opportunities I have gotten to have through this club are outstanding. Last week I sang in NYC at the Marriot for the Commandant of the Coast Guard, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, and other special guests. Getting to stay at the dinner and listen to their speeches given to a room of professionals was an eye-opening experience. It helped me to see past the Academy and into what the Coast Guard is really like. Many people at that event had saved many lives over the course of their careers, and it was inspiring to get to talk and listen to them speak.

 

Another opportunity Glee Club has given me is singing at memorial services at the Chapel. Last week we had two memorial services for classmates that had past, seeing that it was Homecoming Weekend and graduates from many different class years had come back to visit. Singing at the services was an extremely humbling experience. When I saw the sadness felt by classmates for the death of their fellow shipmates, I realized how much everyone at the Academy cares about each other. It really is a family here, whether you graduated in 1964 or 2014. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at Hannah.M.Eshleman@uscga.edu. Have a great day!

 

More about Hannah.

 

A Shift of Focus

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Dalton Photo Fourth class year is in full swing now and I’m starting to get into the rhythm of everyday life here at the Academy. The change from high school senior to Coast Guard Academy cadet is a big one. You go from a big headed high school senior to not really even a person; you are a thing known as a “Swab.” During Swab Summer, you lose your ability to use first person pronouns (I, me, my, etc.) instead you must refer to yourself as Swab “Last Name” when speaking about yourself. The worst part of the summer in my opinion was how regimented the day was. As swabs we didn’t own any of our time. We were timed when we went to the head (restroom), when we went to the scuttlebutt (water fountain), and every shower was timed. Failure to meet standardized times lead to some incentive training. There was no free time to think about anything but the task that needed to be accomplished. Over the summer I learned a lot about myself and my shipmates. The lessons learned during Swab Summer are helping me to succeed during the academic year.

 

When Swab Summer ended back in August, everyday life did not get any easier. The focus shifted from a rigorous physical indoctrination program designed to bring high school seniors into the Coast Guard, to a military college focused on academics and leadership development. This new school year has presented lots of challenging situations, along with a many late nights. I’m looking forward to this year’s wrestling season, and forming memorable bonds with the amazing people in Foxtrot Company.

 

More about Tom.

 

Favorite Week of the School Year

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Condon Photo Swab Summer has been over for about eight weeks now, but it feels like it has been months! I have never been busier during the first two months of school! I’ve had exams in all my classes, and we’ve had two in chemistry. Even with the really heavy school load at the Academy, that doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play. I’ve had two cross country meets already and they’ve been a blast. For Labor Day, I went to New York City for the day. I enjoyed sightseeing and eating sushi multiple times throughout the day. We then had our spirit week leading up to the Merchant Marine game. This was my favorite week of the school year by far! I never knew a rivalry between two Division III colleges could be so fierce. Everyone had high spirits throughout the week. I’ve been to many football games, but the CGA vs. MMA game was my favorite by far. Everyone was cheering as loud as they could and there was plenty of friendly heckling on both sides. The game ended in a Coast Guard win and a much wanted short overnight time away from the Academy.

 

This week is Homecoming and also has a lot of spirit involved. It is the duty of the fourth class to hide the chains outside of the library. The second class cadets have from the start of the game until the end to find the chains. Right now, my fellow fourth class and I are deciding the best spot to hide them. If the second class doesn’t find the chains, we all get modified carry-on during the week, meaning we can look at our meals! We also get a long this weekend and as a Midwesterner, it still feels weird talking to my friends asking whether or not we should go to Yale or New York City this weekend. I’m excited for the next upcoming events, especially Parents’ Weekend.

 

As always, feel free to email me at Ryan.H.Condon@uscga.edu.

 

More about Ryan.

 

The First Month

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Coburn PhotoIt is hard to imagine, but we are already done our first month of the new school year. As a 4/c, this month has entailed many changes and new experiences, some good and some that were very challenging. The school part is definitely an adjustment and requires more work than I am used to putting in, but the teachers and especially the upperclassman are very good at trying to help you succeed. Also setting up appointments with your academic advisor will help you, especially if you are ever feeling stressed out. Also if you are ever stressed out try to go outside and take a break from the schoolwork.

 

Fall lacrosse started last week and I am getting even more excited for the season to come around. Speaking of sports, we had the Secretaries’ Cup last weekend. The Secretaries’ Cup is a weekend in the fall when Coast Guard competes against Kings Point in a variety of events. We had spirit week approaching the games and overall it was a very fun week to be a 4/c, because there were many opportunities to be given carry-on. There was also a pep rally on Thursday, which was the first one of the school year, and it was probably the best pep rally I have ever been to. This year we swept the games and beat Kings Point in soccer, volleyball, and yes, even football. Since my brother is a 3/c at Kings Point he came to the games and I got to see him and my dad. My dad was wearing a Coast Guard shirt and a Kings Point hat and as one might imagine, he got a lot of weird looks.

 

More about Mimi.

 

Getting Fresh Air

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Choi Photo Wow, it’s already been three months since I’ve arrived at the Academy. Life for me has changed so much during that period of time. It seems like just yesterday I was toiling through Swab Summer. Now I’m an official 4/c cadet at the USCGA. Life here is very busy, and it’s rare to be able to find a time to just sit down, relax, and not do anything. However, even with the heavy academic course load, I am still able to have a good time. As long as you have friends and a good attitude, it’s hard not to find some sort of entertainment.

 

One thing that my friends and I enjoy doing here is going out to breakfast in New London on Sundays. There are two establishments that are particularly noteworthy, DJ’s Campus Kitchen and Mr. G’s Restaurant. The food at both of these places is delicious and also reasonably priced. The highlight at both of these restaurants is the pancakes. If you ever go to one of these businesses, please don’t underestimate the pancakes. They are actually bigger than your face and you deserve a reward if you can finish a platter.

 

Going out to eat is not all about the food however. It feels swell to just be able to take a break from the Academy and have fun with some close friends. To me, it’s important not to get too wrapped up in the stresses here. It is a relief to go out from time to time and get some fresh air.

 

Although life at the Academy can be quite hectic, I enjoy every single moment of it. I appreciate what I am able to be a part of, and that’s being a member of the world’s greatest military service.

 

Go Bears!

 

More about Chris.

 

Insomniac by Choice

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Chang Photo Good morning! The time is currently 0116 on Sunday, October 4, 2014. Why am I up so late, you ask? Well, why not? I use this time right now to get started on homework so I can use the time during the weekend to relax. Do I get things done? Yes. Do I have a regular sleep schedule? No. Will I regret this later? Probably, but that’ll be weighed against the awesome amount of stuff I’m getting done right now, such as writing this blog post.

 

Generally, as a fourth class, you won’t sleep much. I’m not saying you’ll be up until 0116 doing homework on a weekend; there are always a select few who manage to be in bed by 10 but, generally, you won’t sleep much. You’re usually busy all day with trainings, classes, sports and homework along with the other fourth class stuff you need to do, such as clocks and trash orderlies. My watch has three different alarms. I never thought I would need to use all three, but I thought wrong. Time management is important, and sometimes a little sleep needs to be sacrificed to make it work. But Columbus Day weekend is right at the door, so maybe I’ll get to sleep in until 0700.

 

More about Olivia.

 

First Month in the Books

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Burchill Photo It’s almost the end of September, marking the end of my first month as a 4/c. Somehow, time was lost between cross country, my classes and military obligations. The biggest adjustment coming out of Swab Summer was managing my time wisely but I think I’ve been getting the hang out it. Academics can be hard but all the upperclassmen are so supportive and helpful when the lost 4/c come asking for tutoring.

 

The best part of my day is going to cross country practice. When it comes to sports, class doesn’t matter, everyone is your teammate. We all joke around, cheer each other on, and work hard together. Participating in a sport helps you get off campus every now and then and see the different side of the Academy. I’m so thankful that I play a sport every day because it’s a great time to forget about all the academics and just have fun with my teammates. I would highly encourage picking up a sport at the Academy, whether you’re an expert or a beginner, there are many sports offered to help you get involved.

 

Mid-terms are just around the corner, and in no time, it’ll be Parents’ Weekend. I’m excited for the rest of this semester and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at Rachel.K.Burchill@uscga.edu.

 

More about Rachel.

 

The Grind...

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Auzenbergs Photo School began just a week ago and I have already stayed up later doing homework than I ever did in high school! I knew that applying to the Academy was signing up for a challenge, but I failed to consider the challenges beyond Swab Summer. Getting through the summer was my main goal, and it felt so good to complete it. Now I’m realizing how much will be asked of us during the academic year, and it is just another challenge to accept. Adding on to that, I realized that there are plenty of sacrifices that go hand in hand with an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy. The “college experience,” for example, will be completely different for me than my old high school classmates. But that is something that I am fully willing to accept. It’s honoring a service fully devoted to helping others. It’s pushing yourself beyond the limits you have previously set, just to prove to yourself that it is possible. It’s completing countless goals that seem near impossible, and failing at more. It’s the grind.

 

For me, the hardest part of Swab Summer was mentally pushing myself to continue even when it would be easier to just give up. The hardest part was the grind. My shipmates gave me the strength to continue because I realized that they were going through the exact same thing as me, and not quitting, so what gave me the right to quit? The teamwork and positivity necessary to get through the summer were something I had never experienced before and something I will never forget. I am proud to mention that my company, Charlie Company, earned Swab Summer Honor Company! That was a major accomplishment because it means that we had some of the highest scores in PFEs, formal room and wings, drill competitions, intercompany sports, and more. Looking forward, I have plenty of goals at the Academy, but one of the major ones is to appreciate and enjoy each moment I spend here, and in the Coast Guard, because it is truly an honor to be part of this service. I cannot wait to experience and learn more than I ever imagined as a college student!

 

More about Gabrielle.

 

A Non-Stop Semester

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Cannon Photo Well, this semester has been literally non-stop, with campus tours, hosting prospective cadets, working out for baseball, and no longer being a freshman! That last part might honestly be the brightest aspect of this year so far. I honestly can't put into words what it is like to be a sophomore, there are countless things I am no longer required to do like squaring my meals, marching to and from class, among other obligations. Now that everything has settled down and been a lot lower key this year, I have been able to focus more on baseball, something I am very passionate about. I can not wait for this upcoming season, and all of the challenges that will come with it.

 

In addition, the Academy kept me even busier than in comparison to freshman year, I can hardly believe Thanksgiving break is already approaching fast. It seems just like yesterday that I was a little freshman, trying to survive. But with time, I have learned more than I could ever imagine, and I feel like I will be prepared for this upcoming summer to train the incoming freshmen or even possibly be involved with the AIM program. I think it would be awesome to have an opportunity with the AIM program especially because I would help lead three different groups of high schoolers, potentially getting to find out my leadership style. I am anticipating what this year will continue bring to the table, and I think I am prepared for new challenges that will come my way!

 

Go Bears!
3/c Colton Cannon

 

More about Colton.

 

On Exchange from USAFA

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Leech Photo Not gonna lie. I’m homesick. Dreadfully so. I miss my bold, brilliant mountains and my equally bold, brilliant friends. I miss the Air Force culture and how easy it is to navigate. Granted, I’m completely biased, having spent over two years immersed in it and just about a month immersed in the Coast Guard experience. The services value different ideals, and have significant differences in priorities, for good and for bad. Adjustment has not been easy and I’ve certainly been stumbling over myself and the expectations upon me.

 

But the one place I haven’t been stumbling is on the dance floor. I was born a dancer, always ready to shake my “thang” out on the floor. And I might not have been the most graceful of people (and I still am not) but I can pop, lock and drop with the best of ‘em. And I truly love it. I’m not stretchy at all though I’m working on my splits (only two hand lengths away from a full!). Every day, I run down to the gym and catch the tail end of wrestling practice in their padded room. I hook up to the massive speakers and just let it go. And all the stress and muddle of the day melts away and I can finally be free.

 

I do love sports period for this reason, and it’s one of my favorite parts about this place. USCGA integrates time every day to physically get out there, and get away from the stress of Chase Hall (the dormitory) and academia. I don’t even think about homework before 2000 because I’m going to be out there, dancing.

 

Speaking of dancing, I didn’t even mention ballroom dance. This year, I’ve joined the International Ballroom Dance Club, which teaches cadets dances such as the tango, the waltz, the foxtrot, the salsa and other dance styles. Having been a devoted blues dancer for some time, I’m absolutely enjoying it.

 

Oh, I didn’t even mention my acting career, which has begun (and will probably end) here at USCGA. I’m playing Martha Gillette in “The Game’s Afoot”. It took me almost three weeks to figure out my voice for the play, and the lines themselves are coming along. Sorta. Kinda. Okay, fine I’m still reading them out of the script but at least I have the right voice in which to read them. If you are going to be in the neighborhood of New London on Friday October 24 or Saturday October 25, swing on by and watch me work the stage with my coasties. We’d love to have a full house.

 

Regardless, I love what I’m doing for extracurriculars, and though the military and academic change is slow going, with the happiness everything else I’m doing gives me, I’m sure I will catch up, and catch up soon.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration, Very Respectfully,
2/c Brenna Leech, USAFA Exchange Cadet
USCGA Foxtrot Company

 

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Settled In

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Weeks Photo It has been about a month since classes started up, but it still feels like CAP week was yesterday. That’s one thing about this place that never ceases to amaze me—how quickly time passes. Between classes, homework, swimming, water polo, hanging out with friends and sleeping, there isn’t any room for a slow weekday. The weekends, however, are very relaxed. Weekends are perfect for sleeping in, getting ahead in coursework and just relaxing in general.

 

My swim meets and water polo tournaments all fall on the weekends, and I get to travel for most of my competitions. I just returned from the first water polo tournament of the season in Amherst, Massachusetts, and it was a blast! Our team rode up in a bus, spent the night at a hotel and competed in four games. We went two and two and ended up with 3rd place in the tournament (pretty good for the season opener). The swim season officially started up this week, so I will be balancing swimming and water polo practices for the next month or so.

 

The school year is off to a pretty solid start as well, the majority of my classes are in the mornings, which gives me two or three hours of free time in the afternoons. I use that time to get homework done, and then I take three hours off for practice and dinner. By then, most of my homework is done and I can spend the rest of the evening relaxing and getting ahead in my studies.

 

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St. Francis De Sales Club and Friday Catholic Scripture Study

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Tousignant Photo Fourth class year is challenging because you are taking college courses, have sports, and military obligations you must fulfill. Everything can build up, and this can cause a significant amount of stress. My faith got me through my fourth class year. I was nervous coming out of Swab Summer that I would not find a group of people that I could relate with. I decided to sign up for St. Francis De Sales Club and Friday Catholic Scripture Study.

 

Joining these religious clubs has been one of the best choices I have made at the Academy. The missionaries encourage us to make time for God and give our stresses to Him. They have helped me realize that the little things I stress about from a day to day basis are not that important in the grand scheme of things. Last week, the missionaries pointed out that I can go about my day in two ways. I can either choose to look at my homework and obligations as a burden and just something I have to complete or I can enjoy learning and make the most of each thing I have to do. For example, we are required to go to a few football games during the school year. I can either choose to have fun at the football game and cheer the Bears on or I can complain the whole time about having to be there.

 

The Catholic missionaries provide a support group that one can lean on when class work gets difficult and life’s stresses pile up. They encourage others to take up our crosses and walk the path of Christ. The faith groups I belong to at the Academy have helped me to realize that there is no point to having negativity. I am going to have obligations no matter what; it is whether I have a positive or negative attitude about them that makes difference.

 

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Great Opportunities

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Morris Photo I can’t believe it’s almost October! In less than two months I’ll be sitting at my uncle’s house back in Tennessee eating Thanksgiving dinner. I didn’t get to go home last year for Thanksgiving so this year is going to be better than ever. It may be tough being away from home for so long but you get used to it after a while. Thinking about the great opportunities I have going for me here at the Academy always makes me feel better when I get a little homesick. Also, with such a stringent workload, there isn’t much time to think about what everybody is doing back home. If you are a little apprehensive about going to school far away, just know that wherever you go, you can always find a good group of friends who are always there. At least that’s what I’ve noticed here at the Academy. After going through Swab Summer and an entire school year with my classmates, I have made some really great friends that I would have missed out on if I was to go somewhere close to home. Being away has also taught me to step outside of my comfort zone and become an outgoing individual. This is something I had trouble with in the past. However, now that I have met so many new and intriguing people, it often seems like a walk in the park to go somewhere different and meet somebody new.

 

Anyway, the school year as a third class is much better than fourth class year. Yes, the academics are still pretty tough, but I no longer have to continue fourth class roles such as squaring meals and doing clocks. If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry. I was clueless about the inner workings of the Academy before I came here. If you are really interested in coming here, you will find out what those things are soon enough. Since I am no longer a fourth class, I am able to go out on Friday nights and I am also able to do much more on the weekends since I know more people around here now. I also get to go off-base every day for Crossfit. There’s a Crossfit box about a mile away from the Academy and it is awesome. The atmosphere there is great and it’s also a good way for me to get my mind off of schoolwork.

 

With midterms just around the corner, there is no time to slack off. One good skill to have here at the Academy is time management. If you don’t have it now, that’s ok. Swab Summer will teach you some good skills to manage your time efficiently and there is also a good support system here to keep us cadets on track. I am excited to see where this school year leads me and I can’t wait to see who I will become in my next three years at the Coast Guard Academy.

 

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The Start of My Adventure

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Johnson Photo Being a cadet here at the Coast Guard Academy has been a whirlwind of an experience, but I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the journey it took to get here. It feels like it wasn’t that long ago when I was a senior in high school trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was in 3rd grade when I had made the statement, “I want to become a marine biologist when I grow up,” but one day my dad sat down with me explaining reality. College is expensive and there aren’t many jobs in the marine biology field other than to work in Sea World. “So what are you going to do about it?” Well, after learning about the Naval Academy and that the closest major they had to Marine Biology was Oceanography, I did some exploring and found the Coast Guard Academy. After visiting the campus, I knew that this is how I would take care of the financial issue of college, have a job afterwards, and be doing something I love to do!

 

Since choosing to come to the Coast Guard Academy, it has now been three years since I graduated high school and I have now changed majors from Marine Environmental Science to Operations Research and Computer Analysis. So many things have changed and so many things I have learned and it’s been an amazing journey with new friends, new surprises, and honestly, just having the time of my life as I am living out my dream. If you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to email me at AngelaRuth.A.Johnson@uscga.edu.

 

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Busy and Blustery

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Daghir Photo I can’t say I didn’t see this coming: me drowning in a ridiculous amount of work. Fish Bio lab final, PECS test, lacrosse, community service, Probability and Statistics homework, quizzes, more homework…so much stuff. Regardless, Thanksgiving was great, too short, but relaxing quality time at home. I was able to take my little brother on a run, and to spend a lot of time with my little sister and best friend, who studied in New Zealand all of this past semester. I thankfully didn’t have any work to do apart from study, so I was able to escape from the Academy for almost a week. This is my last full week of class for my second class first semester! I can’t believe how fast the time has passed. Cheer season ended two weeks ago in Boston at a night game. Now I am focusing on lacrosse and I am getting excited for the spring season.

 

Over winter leave, I hope to stay busy. I will divide my time between community service, running for the PFE, spending time on my grandmother’s farm and hanging out with my siblings and friends. I know that even though we have a long break this year, it will go fast, propelling us all into another semester and a very cold few months of January and February.

 

I hope everyone has a nice break, let me know if you have any questions, or if you want to hear about something in particular!

 

Community Service Opportunities

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Sandri Photo Cadets are required to participate in at least six community service hours each semester. There are many service opportunities, and lots of people choose to go above and beyond the requirement. I enjoy doing CS events because they are a great way to get off campus and interact in a normal way with the community surrounding the Academy.

 

During one of the first weeks of school, a group of us volunteered to do odd jobs at a food festival in Mystic, which is a small and charming town surrounding a seaport, and is where the Mystic Flag Ceremony is held during Swab Summer. The festival was a lot of fun, and I got to talk to several of the civilian volunteers. A couple months later, I signed up to work at the Mystic Pirate Festival, and some of the same volunteers were there. They recognized that we were from the Coast Guard, and it was nice to catch up with those community members.

 

I also happen to be in a community-service oriented division this semester. The entire corps of cadets is divided into eight companies, which each contain three departments. Each department is organized into several divisions, each of which has a specific job to do within the corps. A division is made up of one or two cadets of each rank. My division is the community service liaison division, so we act as community service representatives for our company and help Hotel Company, whose company duty it is to run community service.

 

This semester, we organized two CS events for Foxtrot Company, which turned out really well! One was an opportunity to volunteer as a company at Fields of Fire, an outdoor haunted maze. We dressed up as zombies to scare people, and it was a blast. The second event was a beach clean-up in Rhode Island. Together we collected 170 lbs. of trash!

 

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From California to New York…

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Culp Photo I remember when I was applying to the Coast Guard Academy, I had resigned myself to one (false!) idea – it’s the U.S. Coast Guard, so I’m not going to get to travel much farther than the states. Being someone with a huge travel bug (I had been to six other countries by the time I enrolled), you can imagine how discouraging that thought was. Fortunately, I dealt with my misconceptions, reported in, and had my preconceived notions blown completely out of the water. Not only have I had the chance to go international with the Coast Guard, I’ve been to states I had never seen, and taken day trips to cities that used to require weeks of planning!

 

Back in Nebraska, going to New York City was an exotic vacation spot; somewhere on that strange land they call the “East Coast.” That being said, I’ve now been there seven times, sometimes just for a day! The other popular destination is Boston – while I’ve only been there once, it seems like every other weekend there’s a flock of cadets headed that way! One can also check out Providence and Hartford for a pleasant day trip (not as popular destinations, however, as they’re still within the 75-mile zone in which underclass are prohibited from wearing civilian attire).

 

That’s all just on weekends during the school year – imagine where we go when we have more time! Over the summer, my classmates and I visited Canada and the Caribbean on the Tall Ship Eagle (including another stop in New York City on my phase – go figure), and some of us went to such places as Guam, Hawaii, Alaska (my first time there!), and Mexico! Over leave periods there are often international trips available. Some cadets save up their monthly paychecks and go on excursions to Cancun, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and other such places during their winter, spring, and summer leave periods. The Command Religious Program offers a trip during spring breaks – last year, they went to Israel, and this year will be going to Ireland. As much as I would love to join them, I haven’t been able to go on those trips because Glee Club does its own events during that time (by the way, if you really want to go places, join Glee – it’s responsible for half of my New York trips, and for taking me to Maine and California also for the first time!). Last year we enjoyed a few days in Florida, but even all that sunshine can’t trump the excitement I feel for this year’s spring voyage – Germany! Even better is the fact that I get to travel with my dad on that trip; turns out everyone can benefit from Coast Guard travel!

 

So, technically, the Coast Guard is in the Department of Homeland Security… but I’ll tell you what, that homeland is a whole lot more expansive than you might imagine.

 

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Giving Thanks for Friends

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Ritchie Photo As Thanksgiving Leave approaches, it is the perfect time to reflect on what we are thankful for. The other day, I was asked to say the thing I was most thankful for this year. There were many things I could have answered. I could have said that I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had this past year including sailing to the Caribbean and working in the Coast Guard fleet for six weeks, or for having job security and no college debt in the future, or for being able to earn good grades this semester, or for the endless support from my family, or for everything I’ve learned this past year. The list goes on because there is so much to be thankful for each and every day. Right now, though, I am most thankful for the new friends I’ve made at the Academy.

 

It amazes me how close I have become with people I’ve known for just over a year. I feel like I’ve known my three best Academy friends for my entire life. I could trust them with anything. Maybe it comes with living in the same building and happens at every college, but I think it’s a little different here. At the Academy, cadets all face the same challenges that people our age normally don’t have to face. It’s the things like not having cars and having specific liberty hours that give us a different kind of bond. Instead of being designated drivers for each other, we walk around aimlessly together, visit each other’s rooms, and ride the liberty bus together. Like other college students, we’ve helped each other through our worst times, but unlike normal college students, by worst, I don’t mean drunk and out of control. I mean stressed out, struggling to stay awake at a 7 a.m. training after a long night of homework and only 30 minutes of sleep.

 

The challenges the Academy provides us strengthen our friendships the way no other school can. My friends here are the only ones who completely understand what I’m going through, and sometimes, they are the only ones I can go to because of that. No matter how many stories I tell my family and friends from home, I know they will never comprehend my new lifestyle the way my friends here can. This new network of support not only gets me through every challenge here, but it makes it so much more fun. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all the laughs, memories, and support that my friends have given me this past year and for being able to grow and learn through this Academy life together.

 

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Five More Months

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Cantrell Photo I need to start this off by saying, FIVE MONTHS UNTIL GRADUATION!! What? Where has the time gone? This year has been so bittersweet for me. I am so excited and ready to get out into the fleet, but I am also sad to leave this place that has taught me everything I know about the military and where some of my best friends have been with me throughout this incredible journey. I still have five more months with a lot of work and things to learn to help me in the fleet. The billet list came out last week, which is when this whole graduating thing really hit me. I feel like I was just dropped off by my parents yesterday! (I mean it feels a little longer than that, but you all know what I mean). The billet list is very overwhelming and has got me thinking of all the different options and opportunities I have moving forward. I still need to think about a lot of different factors, but I have a pretty good idea what I would like to do.

 

The corps just returned from a much needed Thanksgiving break. The morale of the corps is high right now since everyone is full of turkey and ready to push through the last week and a half of the semester. I will be in sunny Florida in two weeks, so I am excited and ready to push through.

 

This month has consisted of a fair amount of papers, tests, and diving meets every weekend. I also attended a Dierks Bentley concert at Mohegan Sun, which was one of the top three concerts I have been too. He was so interactive with the audience and it made for a very fun concert. I knew most of the songs that he performed, which always helps when singing along. I would definitely suggest seeing him in concert if you are a country music fan. This month also brought a celebration for the Class of 2015 at a local establishment hosted by one of our classmate's parents. It was a great time where our class was able to celebrate together and have fun. I cannot thank them enough for such a wonderful night and I am so thankful to have so many amazing people surrounding me at this institution and into the Coast Guard fleet.

 

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San Diego: Boats and Surfing

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Dahill-Baue Photo As the days grow shorter and darker, I have been reflecting a lot on the summer….

 

This past summer was one of the best summers of my life. I started my summer by reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle here in New London, Connecticut. Eagle was fun, but hard work. I loved climbing in the rigging, and had a lot of fun at our port calls in Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Cozumel.

 

However, the highlight of my summer was working at the Coast Guard Station in San Diego, California for the second half of my summer. I was stationed there with my friend, 3/c Carlie Gilligan, and we worked toward getting qualified as a member of the boat crew and our pepper spray qualification (yes, you get sprayed point-blank with military-grade pepper spray and then you have to fight someone off and gain control of the situation while your eyes are on fire). The boat crew qualification was a lot of hard work, encompassing everything from learning how to drive the boats to first aid.

 

However, it wasn’t all work all the time. We worked two days on, and then would have two days completely off, so Carlie and I got in a lot of surfing, beach time, Padres games, and adventuring.

 

On days we could leave early from the station, the typical day looked like this:

 

0645: Rise and shine!

 

0700: Breakfast in the galley

 

0800: Workday begins

 

0800-1045: Cleaning boats, working toward qualifications

 

1045-1230: Lunch, working out, relaxing

 

1230-1400: More cleaning boats, working toward qualifications, going out in the boats, having fun

 

1500: Leave base, drive to pick up fellow 3/c stationed on USCGC Boutwell, also in San Diego

 

1600-1900: Surfing in Coronado

 

2000: Mexican food dinner in Downtown San Diego

 

2200: Back on Base, hanging out, ready to repeat!

 

Overall, it was an AWESOME summer!

 

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Two Weekends

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Corbett Photo Today I am sitting in my room looking at my plane tickets for Thanksgiving. This will be the first time I’ll be home since the summer, so that is exciting. As mentioned in a previous post, this semester has flown by! I looked at my schedule and found that I only had two open weekends this semester. Granted I ended up planning something on both of those weekends, but it goes to show what being involved gives you.

 

There are some negative auras that fill the p-ways here at the Academy. It is easy to find the negatives in life, but I don’t like the easy road. I look at the positive. Once you start, it becomes easy to see past the negative attitudes people carry with them. So with that, here are my tips to be more positive. (They may be needed as we head into another New England winter.)

 

First off, just smile! It sounds simple, but you would be surprised how often you truly don’t smile. If you simply smile more, your brain and body will follow and you will feel happier.

 

Work out. It may be cold out, but going to the gym and getting your blood flowing will make your aura feel more positive right away. Plus I feel way better about myself after a workout.

 

Sleep. Do not neglect your beauty sleep! Yes work is important along with school, but at the end of the day you won’t function, let alone be happy, if you are sleep deprived.

 

The biggest thing for me to stay positive is to be involved. I am involved in numerous activities, hence the ‘only two free weekends’ thing. Being involved gives me the friendships from a variety of groups that all helps me stay positive. I am an extrovert, so by nature being surrounded by people does make me happy, so this may be a little biased.

 

These are just a few things I do to stay positive as much of the time as I can. The point is, it is easy to fall into a slump of negativity with those around you. I see this all the time. Take the challenge and smile a little more. That smile and simple “how are you?” could make someone’s day. Then like a domino effect that person might smile at someone and so forth. Happiness is contagious so spread it, don’t dampen it.

 

As always I am open to any questions or comments! Reach me at Shane.P.Corbett@uscga.edu.

 

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A Month of Change

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Glick Photo This month for me is a month of change. People grow apart, friends and significant others go separate ways, and new friends are made. 3/c year is a time of change, as the seasons change with us. I recently changed my major to Management from Government, and I am excited to start learning about something I know nothing about. I am making new friends, leaving some behind, and learning a lot about myself. A 3/c cadet is a 4/c cadet who can look around. I’ve been looking around a lot, and taking in the Academy, and my perspective is a lot different than last year. As a 3/c, you see everything that’s right with this place, and the few things that should be improved. I am going to church more often, finding meaning in life, and looking forward to the rewards of 2/c summer. I am rehashing out who I am, learning what I like, and learning what I don’t like, but I am still the same person. I am still active with cadet bands, and my brass band is playing at this year’s winter formal in the wardroom. I am helping my 4/c through the semester, and I am thinking about going out for leadership positions next year after interacting with the 4/c in my company. I was also recently selected to study in Poland this summer with the American Service Academy Program through the Jewish Heritage Museum. Through countless essays, an online application, and weeks of waiting, I was accepted to study the Holocaust in New York, Washington, and in Poland at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It will be a moving experience, but I am certain that I will learn a lot about myself and about the history of the Holocaust.

 

This semester is very busy, and it is a mad race to Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, there are only a few weeks of school, then finals followed by winter leave. This semester is one I am trying to get through doing my best.

 

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Flying By Fall

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Corcoran Photo Life has been nothing short of crazy here at the Coast Guard Academy. The leaves have changed into their vibrant colors of red, orange, and yellow, fall sports have begun to end and winter sports have commenced, and midterms have come and gone. I personally cannot believe how fast this semester is flying by. It seems like the older you are at the Academy, the faster everything seems to go. I remember being a 4/c like it was just the other day and dreaming about the day I would get civilian clothes and Friday night liberty. Now here I am as a 2/c cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy and I love every minute of my crazy cadet life!

 

Joining the women’s soccer team has definitely been the best decision of my Academy career. That’s not to say that I don’t love cross country because at times I do miss it, it’s just that soccer provides so much more of a team atmosphere to me. I love that everyone has to work together for one common goal–to win. If one person is out of tune, it throws the whole team off so teamwork is extremely important. Our team performed well enough this season to get a chance to compete in the NEWMAC tournament as the #7 seed. Unfortunately, we lost our first tournament game against the #2 seed– Springfield College. It was a great game though!

 

Parents’ Weekend was a couple weeks ago and I must say that weekend is always my favorite weekend here at the Academy. The campus is buzzing with proud parents, family members, and loved ones. I love showing my parents what a typical day consists of for me. I think they are always tired by the end of the day from all the walking we have to do and the hours of classes we sit through, which is always amusing to me. This year there was a search and rescue demonstration in the Thames River which featured helicopters and small boats from nearby Coast Guard stations. Most of the parents were very interested in that to see that their sons or daughters could be doing something like that one day. Of course my dad had to throw in his pitch to try to get me into aviation after that. I always tell my parents I belong on the water, but of course anything could happen.

 

Well as always I am never too busy to answer any questions about cadet life or the Coast Guard in general! Email me at Samantha.E.Corcoran@uscga.edu.

 

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All Grown Up

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Wu Photo So far this semester, I have watched the Class of 2015, my class, lead the Corps of Cadets. It has been a pleasant surprise watching my class lead with maturity. Especially this semester, I am really happy to be a part of the Class of 2015 and seeing a lot of my classmates lead with compassion for others.

 

I remember back in 4/c year, my class was struggling and the command had very mixed feelings about us. However, throughout the years we have really grown and taken to heart the good and bad leadership styles of the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014. I am so happy and impressed with the way my classmates are treating underclassmen. It was very rewarding to hear the 4/c in Alfa Company feel welcomed and accepted by the 1/c after we returned for the start of the academic semester.

 

Also, being a part of the Cadet Honor Board, a panel that reviews honor incidents, I have seen my classmates approach an Honor Board with a stern, but very fair demeanor. During the Honor Board, members of the board address the incident, stating the facts and then questioning the cadets involved in the situation. In the past, I have heard of Cadet Honor Boards going very poorly where members of the board went beyond questioning about the investigation and were more personal and opinionated. I liked being part of the Honor Board and seeing my classmates conduct the Board very objectively. A lot of the questions that were asked were for the purpose of understanding the situation better and have a better grasp of the investigation beyond the facts on paper.

 

It has also been really nice to get to know the underclassmen and really invest in conversations while trying to remember what it was like to be in their shoes. Currently, my company has started a 1/c to 4/c mentoring program where 4/c choose a mentor and make that connection with a specific 1/c. I am very excited to be in the program and be a mentor to a 4/c.

 

I am really glad my class is putting in the effort and making the relationship with the underclassmen. It is nice seeing the Corps of Cadets more unified this semester. I hope this carries through to the next semester and that our leadership style will be a good one to model after.

 

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