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So Much Going On

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo This past month has been so much fun and very eventful! I went home for spring break and was able to see my family and friends. The weather was PERFECT down there and it was a great break from the cold (yes it is still cold up here…actually if you ask me, it is FREEZING!). Like all things, spring break flew by and before I knew it I was on a flight back up. I don’t get that pit in my stomach anymore when I cross the bridge because I really do love it here. I have so many great friends and teachers and I love socializing with everyone and being able to always be on the go. The Academy really does grow on you and I have accepted the fact that it is my home away from home.

 

The weekend I got back from spring break I helped at a children’s fair in Mystic. I really enjoyed playing games with the kids and seeing them so excited when they got to pick their prize out of the bag. It’s a nice change of pace to involve yourself with kids and it was a nice break from the Academy.

 

This past weekend was Castle Dance for the first class cadets and I was able to go as a date and it was SO MUCH FUN! The group I was with got a house a couple of hours away and we spent the weekend there. It was great to see friends from other schools and be able to dress up and go to the dance. I love dancing so I was excited to go and dance with friends.

 

This upcoming month is hectic with school (as it always is at the end of the semester). I have a couple of papers due, presentations, test, quizzes, daily homework, and then, naturally, the infamous exams. Of course this is one of the reasons I am here so I can’t complain too much. I just stress out thinking about all the due dates, but like everything it will all fall into place and I will get it done on time.

 

OH! How could I forget…we received our summer assignments a couple of weeks ago and this summer I will be going to CGC Valiant and Sector Honolulu, Hawaii. I am beyond excited to get out to the fleet and experience the Coast Guard. Other than Eagle, I have not been aboard a Coast Guard cutter so I am extremely grateful I can experience one before I become an ensign.

 

Hope everyone’s semester is going as great as mine is and you all are staying busy with school, sports, and community service. As always, don’t hesitate with any questions!

 

 


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Spirit Missions

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Pourmonir Photo What is a spirit mission? I thought you would never ask! A spirit mission is an attempt by fourth class cadets to increase the overall spirit or morale of the Corps of Cadets by an action which will be found humorous, frustrating, or just plain mean. Yes, basically an excuse to prank the upper-class. This very highly esteemed “mission” is only given to the most trusted rank of the corps, us fourth class. Once you finish your fourth class year, you no longer have an excuse to carry out spirit missions. This being said, as someone who played a major role in every spirit mission carried out in Alfa Company thus far, I thought I would share some of my experience.

 

Caution: None of the following have been done by trained professionals and they are not recommended to be attempted at home. Alfa Company started off simple, putting saran wrap on cups at lunch and doors at night. It rapidly escalated. Before the end of the semester we had filled the hallway with boxes blocking the doors of our company commander and executive officer, stole the Air Force exchange cadet’s uniform and replaced it with a bright orange pair of foul weather gear, and left all of our phones in our Guidon’s room with alarms set in the middle of the night. Might I add the last phone was in a lock box, which we disguised to trick him into thinking it was his own. We also toilet papered the wardroom and barricaded the regimental commanders car by placing a log the size of a telephone pole underneath his car between his wheels. If you find none of this funny don’t worry, you will in good time. But the moral of this story is morale. As fourth class we create it, and its presence depends on us! Now I’d like to mention that after all these pranks we created a picture slideshow with and original song about Alfa Company and our Guidon, which we used to thank him for being awesome. Side note, he is now the second class in charge of my development. Crazy how things work out. If you would like to watch the video, here it is.

 

 


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What You Become

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Pourmonir Photo Second semester. A “fresh start”? A “do-over”? Kind of. Coming back from winter break was definitely an interesting experience. As a fourth class, you spent all first semester training to be a follower, and then you go home for two weeks as an individual. The transition back to being a follower was definitely not comfortable, but it was quite intriguing to experience. For two weeks, you’re completely normal. Then you’re back squaring corners and yelling at clocks.

 

What is the difference now you might ask? It may not be a fresh start, but it’s a shorter race. A few weeks and we take boards. After we pass boards we can look around and eat normally. No more squaring your fork up and into your mouth at a 90 degree angle and staring awkwardly at your third class sitting across from you. I have to give it to them though, 3/c Alex Lane made it a lot less awkward to stare at him every day then I expected. The main point I am trying to make is that it gets better. Like the light at the end of the tunnel is finally showing! Soon my shoulder boards are gonna have a stripe, where it feels like just yesterday they were barren and I was still a swab. Watching all the things we do as fourth class gets better knowing we are almost done doing them. Hopefully you see how valuable everything you do is, even when it may not seem like it in the moment. It isn’t the menial seemingly mundane tasks that you are doing that have value, but what they do to you that is most valuable. As Jim Rohn once said, “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.”

 

 


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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

 

Lucy.M.Daghir@uscga.edu 

 

 


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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!

 

 


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