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So Begins the Dark Ages

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo Traditionally the Dark Ages occur during the Academy from January until spring break in March, when the sun hardly comes out, the schoolwork gets tough, and most of us put on some post-PFE pounds as we are generally bored. While not impossible to go out on liberty every weekend, the snow and ice make it difficult to have a fun time outdoors. Like I mentioned earlier, as cadets, we like to make our own fun when there isn’t any to be had.


During 101st night, or the night before 101 days until the first class graduate, Chase Hall is thrown back into the Swab Summer mindset. We marched “swab-style” to Dimick Auditorium, and the second class cadets, our former cadre, resumed their cadre training roles, running us back up to the barracks. The campus was once again in chaos, with swabs running around Chase Hall: doing Incentive Physical Training, spewing indoc, and doing physical activities with our rifles. While it was fun, and only lasted a night, I’m glad it was over in four hours! It reminded me that being a swab was hard, and how far our class has come since R-Day. The next day, 100th day, or 100 days to go until graduation, the roles reversed. We were granted full carry-on, wore second class’ shoulder boards while the second class cadre braced-up, completed trash orderlies, and had their uniforms inspected.


Speaking of making our own fun, I am currently in my company’s morale division, which is essentially responsible for making sure our company is entertained. So we cured our boredom by making this video with a second class who was our Swab Summer cadre.


Right now my class is in the middle of taking the Coast Guard Indoctrination Boards, or more commonly known just as “boards.” Surprisingly and luckily, I passed the first time! Unfortunately, preparing for boards takes a lot of time away from academics, and I think most of my class, me included, took a hit on the chemistry test last week. But, they say that happens every year. Roughly one in eight of our class has passed, and when we all pass, we are allowed to become “regular” cadets, meaning we can look at our food, and walk, not march, to class. President’s weekend and spring break are on the horizon, and I can barely wait to earn those upper-class privileges soon after. February isn’t as sad and mopey as I thought it would be after all. No matter how hard it gets, a day never goes by that I don’t regret coming here.


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Flying Through February

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Mills Photo This second semester has flown by faster than I could have expected! January was a whirlwind but I was wishing for it to pass so I could get to the excitement of February. The core began the month of February with a morale event on Super bowl Sunday called 101st night. It is a morale event for the 2/c and 4/c to switch places for a day. The 4/c earns the 2/c shoulder boards on 101st night. It is also called 101st night because there are only 101 days left to go until graduation. It was a great experience and it was one more obstacle accomplished to get the class of 2017 closer to carry on.


February also started the 4/c boards exams. This is probably the most important military test that the class of 2017 has to take. It is another obstacle before carry-on and the test ensures that we are ready to join the fleet for the first time this coming summer. I was able to pass my boards on the first try on February 11. I was so nervous going into the room, but my 3rd class and shipmates helped me to prepare. My roommate and I celebrated our passing by dancing around in our room to the Frozen soundtrack. A privilege of passing boards is music aloud and being able to write on your whiteboard outside your door. It may seem small but being able to listen to music aloud while folding laundry or doing homework is so awesome.


My next big event for February was that I turned 21 Presidents Day weekend! It is so surreal that this landmark age has finally come upon me. To end my exciting February, we had a water polo competition February 22 in Vermont. Yes, I did take on water polo as my spring sport. Having never played and not being that great of a swimmer, water polo has been a rewarding challenge for me. Anyway, the competition was a great bonding experience for the team and I even got to participate at one point. February overall was a great month and with spring break a week away, I am ready to recharge and relax on a beach with my family.


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