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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Once I came back from winter break, I was prepared to hit the ground running when it came to MAP week and schoolwork. MAP week is comprised of different trainings and military tests that we need to attend and pass before the semester begins. This MAP week, I finally reached my goal of receiving a blue star for the spring semester Physical Fitness Exam! In order to receive a blue star, you need to get at least a 270 on the PFE and I passed with a 272.


After that, the first school week of the semester passed by with no problems at all! I really think that I am going to enjoy my classes this semester and hopefully I can increase my GPA even more than it has been in the past couple of semesters. One of my teachers made it a point to tell us to open our eyes this semester and see how good we have it. We could be unemployed and thousands of dollars in debt if we were attending a different university. I have always appreciated what I have at the Academy. Being surrounded by so many amazing friends and mentors, I am extremely grateful and honored to be here, and I can’t wait for this semester to truly get started in the next few weeks!


More about Samantha.


The Last Christmas Break as a Cadet

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Mason Photo Well, it’s back to the grind here at the Academy. We all just arrived back from Christmas break and thanks to a snowstorm a lot of people haven’t quite made it back on time. There are some people who won’t arrive for another four days. I almost think they are the lucky ones! I don’t feel ready to get back into the swing of things. I had such a relaxing and wonderful Christmas break, and I think I could have used a couple extra weeks. I was reunited with my group of friends from high school, which was so wonderful, especially since we haven’t all been home together at the same time in about four years. I hadn’t seen my best friend Julie in two years, so we were pretty much attached at the hip from the moment she got home until the moment I had to leave. I forgot how easy it was to be her friend. We never had to try. I definitely have missed that over the years. I also got to hang out with her two-year-old niece who is one of the most adorable children you could ever see. It’s amazing how easily I can play with little kids and be totally entertained for hours.


I worked on a lot of artistic projects over my break. I painted wooden letters for Nicko’s younger sisters, matching their favorite things (an A with Disney characters on it for Alysia, and a G with a mermaid on it for Gabby). I sent them to their house as a Christmas present and they loved them! I also drew a portrait of Nicko’s entire family. Boy, was that a job… The most involved portrait I’d ever done before this only had two people in it. Drawing six was quite the challenge. It took me about three days to finally finish it and each day consisted of at least four hours of drawing. I wanted it to be perfect! It turned out pretty close to the photo I used. The other project I worked on was with my dad. I saw a great video online about how to turn wine bottles into cups, so we tried it. It worked pretty well, except my glasscutter was pretty dull, so the glass kept cracking at the end. So we bought a new glasscutter, but unfortunately I did not have time to continue the project before I had to leave. This has now become my task to finish next time I’m home.


I also had some sad times over the break. I found out that my grandfather on my biological mother’s side passed away. A couple years ago I went to Puerto Rico for spring break, which is where my mother’s side of the family is from. I hadn’t seen my grandpa since I was a very little girl, and he had a picture of me in his wallet for almost 20 years! It was amazing to see that photo when we were finally reunited. So when I found out he passed away, I was so sad because I knew that I could never visit him again. But a part of me was so happy that I got to see him that one last time.


January marks the start of my last semester as a cadet. I’m excited to see what it holds for me, and I will be sure to let all of you know.


More about Allyson.