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The Semester is Flying

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hello blog readers!


Sorry about my absence but I’ve been a little busy this semester. I am playing on our women’s lacrosse team and I love it! In addition, I’ve been taking more of my major-specific classes and learning about physical oceanography and marine geochemistry. I have to say that the semester is flying as there are only four weeks left of classes before I take finals and then begin 100th week.


I guess I’ll talk to you today about how my cadet career is about to change. Up until this point, I have been seen as a follower; I am expected to follow the rules and to do as I am told, respecting authority and following blindly all orders that apply to me. Even though I have not been taking out the trash, or squaring my meals this year, I am still on a very low level of the totem pole, expected only to follow the rules more closely as to become a pseudo-model for the fourth class to see. As I completed my duties as a fourth class and a third class, I found it hard or impossible to see that “light” at the end of the tunnel, the beacon that would bring leadership, or at least the ability to take on more responsibility. The time has come for me and the class of 2016, now in the final stretch of second semester third class year, to discover the weight and meaning of leadership. I guess it started when I applied for a leadership position within Delta Company. Second class cadets are expected to fill the roles of assistants to the department heads (Master at Arms) and one second class each semester to be the Guidon, which is the leader of the fourth class, upholding them to the standards of the Academy, and leading them through their first semesters. I am not sure whether or not I qualified for the positions, but applying for them opened my eyes, as I had to produce a semi-leadership philosophy.


This summer I will be a cadre. Waterfront 1 cadre. I think that the weirdest part about this is that I might be more nervous to be a cadre than I was to be a swab. My goal during Swab Summer two years ago was to survive, to make it through the summer to the school year. But this summer, that isn’t an option. I am going to be standing duty, watching over the incoming swabs, teaching the swabs how to sail and the rules of the road. I will not only be expected to perform these duties, but it will be up to me to inspire the Class of 2018 to become members of the Corps of Cadets. I am ready and willing to take on this challenge but I know that it’s not going to be easy. This is the transition point, and I wish that time would slow down enough for me to see the transformation and to anticipate it, but instead, at the rate at which time is moving, I think that the next time I blink my eyes, there are going to be two stripes on my arm, and I will be a leader and not a follower.


I hope that everyone is having a nice spring, and I hope that spring starts to act like the spring we all need it to be :)


Happy April!


3/c Lucy Daghir


See Ya Later

(Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Kuntz Photo Christmas break has come and gone and I find myself yet again stuffed into the plethora of assignments that I have due this week. I’ve never been a procrastinator and still have so much work! But it will all be for the better because I’m trying to frontload some of the work so my life won’t be as stressful once sailing season comes around.


Being home was simply awesome. It was amazing to see all of my family and best friends and hear all of their stories about “real” college (Ohio State and Miami! Woot Woot!). It was hard to describe some of the stuff that goes on here because every story needs another story to explain why we do things the way we do. I slept in with my puppy, sprawled all over my queen sized bed, stayed in sweats all day, ate my weight in Christmas cookies, went ice skating, and got to spend time with those who matter the most. It’s definitely hard leaving everyone again, especially my brother and my parents, because I don’t know when I’m going to be home next. The goodbyes are getting easier though because it’s more of a “see ya later” kind of thing!


Weather-wise, Connecticut winters are actually a little bit milder than back home! My brother didn’t have school for almost an entire week because of snow days but we haven’t been that lucky yet... Well, back to the books!



More about Savannah.



(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Tress Salvatori Photo Hola amigos y amigas. En este bloque quisiera compartir con ustedes mis experiencias en la formación de mi liderazgo como parte de la Academia de Guardacostas de los Estados Unidos. Primero comenzare por describir brevemente la experiencia de haber tenido un alumno de Preparatoria como mi sombra. Este alumno de preparatoria ya ha sido aceptado en la academia de Guarda Costas de los Estados Unidos y es invitado a pasar un día en la academia viviendo la experiencia de ser un cadete por un día.


Mi alumna de preparatoria fue Alysia. Fue una experiencia muy bonita porque tuve la oportunidad de compartir mis experiencias con una futura miembro de mi Academia. A mí me hubiera gustado que alguien me hubiese contado la experiencia en general de como es Swab Summer así como haber recibido algunos consejos que me pudieran haber ayudado en los primeros días. Por eso es que fue muy importante para mí haber compartido este día con ella y espero haber compartido suficientes experiencias con ella así como consejos.


En segundo término este viernes fue un día entero de conferencias referentes a la ética y el liderazgo. Fuimos deleitados por diferentes profesores, militares en el activo y militares retirados expertos en liderazgo. Así mismo fuimos honrados con la presencia de Paul W. Bucha. El señor Bucha recibió la medalla de honor por sus valientes acciones durante la Guerra de Vietnam. Su conferencia dejo impregnado en mi humildad. Que por sobre todas las cosas un buen líder debe de ser humilde y él es un claro ejemplo de ello.


En conclusión esta semana fue dedicada al liderazgo. Ya fuese orientando a Alysia o participando en estas conferencias, poco a poco voy dejando atrás el papel de cadete novel para formar parte del anhelado grupo de cadetes antiguos.



More about Ruth.



(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Tress Salvatori Photo Hello friends. In this session I would like to share with you my experiences related to the formation of my leadership being part of the United States Coast Guard Academy. First I will start by briefly describing the experience of having a high school student shadow me. This student, who has already been accepted into the Coast Guard Academy, was invited to the Academy to have the experience of being a cadet for one day.


My student’s name was Alysia. It was a very nice experience because I had the opportunity to share my experiences with a future member of my Academy. I would have liked that someone had shared with me the experience of Swab Summer in general terms as well as received some tips which would had helped me on the first days. That is why it was really important for me have had shared this day with her and I hope I have had shared enough experiences as well as tips with her.


Second, this Friday March 21st it was a day full of conferences related to ethics and leadership. We were delighted by different professors, active duty military personnel and retired military personnel as experts in leadership. Also we were honored by the presence of Mr. Paul W. Bucha. Mr. Bucha received the Medal of Honor because of his valiant actions during Vietnam War. His conference left in me the concept of humility. On top of everything, a great leader should be humble and he is a clear example of that.


In conclusion, this week was successfully dedicated to leadership. Whether it was sharing experiences with Alysia or participating in this conferences, little by little I am leaving behind the role of a fourth class cadet in order to be part of the so desired group of upper class cadets.



More about Ruth.