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So Many Learning Experiences…

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo Connecticut really does get cold. The polar vortex of the first week back, combined with some wintry delights, has made living here unbearable at times. When the wind chill or the temperature drops to the single digits—or even the negative digits—going outside is not fun at all! We’ve only had one-half of a snow day (we closed early and opened late), but I’ve already seen more snow than I think I ever have seen before! Hopefully, it gets better…spring is coming, right?


Crew is always a learning experience, in my opinion. After taking the PFE the first week back, we launched into phase 2 of our winter training plan, gearing up to spring break and sprint season. Each piece is difficult in its own way, and nothing makes my day more than being able to help one of the guys finish his piece. There’s something indescribably cool in helping and motivating someone to cross the finish line. It makes your day; in my case, it generally puts me in a great mood for the rest of the night. Each day down at the boathouse is a learning experience, as I learn more about how to make a fast boat go faster…


The first round of papers and tests are coming up quickly: from here on out, it’ll be hell week almost every week. I’m sure it is the same story in high schools across the nation, where applicants are finishing applications (due February 1st) or playing the waiting game. Best of luck to everyone! If you ever have questions, or want to learn more about the Academy, please email me at Until next time, stay warm and do great things!


More about Peter.


Looking Forward, Looking Back

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Townsend Photo I am in absolute shock that I only have one semester left at the Academy. I have vivid memories of my first day at the Academy when I reported in. These past few years have gone by so quickly and there are so many good memories, but there are many more memories still to make. As a second semester first class at the Coast Guard Academy there are numerous events to look forward to. In just a few short weeks I will find out my first unit and where I will be stationed for the next two years. That is only the beginning of the excitement because not long after that I will be on spring break, starting my last season of lacrosse at the Academy and attending Castle Dance in a beautiful Newport mansion.


As first class we also have Dining-In to look forward which is an event that every class has done and is a tradition at the Academy. Dining-In is a dinner that all first class attends along with the members of our command and our instructors to reminisce about everything that has happened over the last three and a half years. I am excited to look back at all of the good times that I have shared with my classmates and even some of the bad times to see how much we have all grown and improved since then. I am looking forward to the future, but I can’t forget to enjoy the moment that I am in right now.


More about Brianna.